José Saramago

Novelist José Saramago
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Profession: Novelist


Biography: Described by The Guardian newspaper as "the finest Portuguese writer of his generation". He was the 1998 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Fernanda Eberstadt of The New York Times noted he was "known almost as much for his unfaltering Communism as for his fiction".

On his passing Portugal declared two days of mourning and his funeral was attended by 20,000 people.

Born: November 16, 1922
Birthplace: Azinhaga, Santarém, Portugal

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: June 18, 2010 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Historical Events

  • 1998-10-08 José Saramago is the first person from Portugal to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

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