José Saramago dies at 87

José Saramago, probably the best known Portuguese writer on an international level, died today at 87 years of age. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 (the only Portuguese author to receive one). He was also pretty well-known for writing “Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira“, the book that later inspired the movie “Blindness“.

He was a controversial author and person, both loved and hated (at least here in Portugal), but I think that’s part of what made him so important – there are enough people in the world who don’t speak their minds and follow others blindly. There’s no denying he was an important figure in literature, specially Portuguese literature, so our world is a little poorer today… According to news sources, he died peacefully accompanied by his family.

Here’s the obituary in New York Times and the one in the RTP site (Portuguese).

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