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José de Sousa Saramago, GCSE (pron. IPA [ʒu'zɛ sɐɾɐ'magu]; born November 16, 1922) is a Nobel-laureate Portuguese writer, playwright and journalist. His works commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the official story. Some of his works can also be seen as allegories.

Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998. He currently lives on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain.
Saramago was in his mid-fifties before he won international acclaim. It was the 1988 publication of his Baltasar and Blimunda that first brought him to the attention of an English-speaking readership. This novel won the Portuguese PEN Club Award.
Saramago has been a member of the Portuguese Communist Party since 1969, as well as an atheist and self-described pessimist. His views have aroused considerable controversy in Portugal, especially after the publication of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.
Saramago’s novels often deal with fantastic scenarios, such as that in his 1986 novel, The Stone Raft, where the Iberian Peninsula breaks off from the rest of Europe and sails about the Atlantic Ocean. In his 1995 novel, Blindness, an entire unnamed country is stricken with a mysterious plague, or “white blindness”. In his 1984 novel, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (which won the PEN Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Award), Fernando Pessoa’s heteronym survives for a year after the poet himself dies.
Using such imaginative themes, Saramago succinctly addresses the most serious of subject matter with boundless wit and keen insight. He sprinkles quirky segues and asides into his sparsely punctuated but sumptuous narrative thread. His greatest asset as an author is his empathy for the human condition and for the isolation of contemporary urban life. His characters struggle with their need to connect with one another, form relations, and bond as a community, and with their need for individuality, and to find meaning and dignity outside of political and economic structures. Harold Bloom has stated that he considers José Saramago the "most gifted novelist alive in the world today".

Two days ago Bloom, not Harold but us, received the all collection of titles published by Random House. It's the first time in Macau you can see all this set in the same place. The words in English by Saramago have a different flavour than the original, it's like a new story, some new characters in some other land: right now at BLOOMLAND.
Don't even try to miss it!


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