A bid farewell to José Saramago

José Saramago

Today, at 87 years of age, the Literature Nobel prize José Saramago departed this world from his home in Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Born in Portugal in a peasant family, he forged his way from car mechanic to translator, then journalist and finally writer. Unable to finish his grammar school education, he managed to get a self-taught education in the public library.

A communist and atheist, he caused considerable controversy in Portugal, especially among the Catholic community, which led him to move to Spain.

His book, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, which is may favourite Saramago’s work, was particularly controversial. I read it many, many years ago, but I still have a distinct memory of the pleasure I felt reading this novel.

Writers are immortal, as they come alive each time a person reads their books. So is Saramago to me, as I still have many of his books to read.

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