The Nobel Prize in Literature 1998 was awarded to José Saramago "who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality".
That is probably one of the most exiting of the reasons for awarding the Nobel I have read up to date.
José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Nobel-laureatePortuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversiveperspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom has described Saramago as "a permanent part of theWestern canon".
Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. More than two million copies of his books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages. He founded the National Front for the Defence of Culture (Lisbon, 1992) withFreitas-Magalhães and others. In 1992, the Portuguese government, under Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva, ordered the removal ofThe Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the European Literary Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Saramago complained about censorship and moved to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain, where he resided until his death.
A proponent of libertarian communism, Saramago came into conflict with some groups, such as the Catholic Church. Saramago was an atheist who defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition.
At the time of his death, Saramago was married to Spanish journalist Pilar del Rio, and had a daughter from a previous marriage. The European Writers’ Parliament came from a proposal by Saramago and Orhan Pamuk; Saramago was expected to speak as the guest of honour at its opening ceremony in 2010 but he had died.
Anyways, I'm definetely in for what will NOT be a dull read.
This was one of the books I bought with my grandmother for my birthday, and as I picked it (for I had my eye on José Saramago for a long time, since his death a few years ago) she told me that she had never been able to read Saramago.
Which is a confusing welcoming to the book.
By the way, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I will be reading Blindness. You are welcome to join in on our group discussions HERE.
Have a nice day!