José Saramago’s birth centenary today, Wednesday, the 16th. Much has already been said about the author’s works “According to the Gospel of Jesus Christ”, “The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reyes” and “History”. “Siege of Lisbon” here. For example, two weeks ago, I had a long conversation with the writer Pedro Fernandez🇧🇷 Now, let me list seven reasons why everyone should read Saramago:
– Awarded in 1998, Portuguese is the only author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in our language. Medals alone are not an argument for this shortlist. I will not campaign to give a chance to the bland Patrick Modiano or the lauded Winston Churchill offered by the Swedish Academy. Saramago, however, is one of the Nobel-winning owners of a truly amazing work. So, read The Boy not just because of Nobel, but because of it.
– I wrote it in a book: Saramago treats the text as we should treat it crack🇧🇷 He watered it down with salt, humor, and then lemon, which makes all the difference. I love humor and irony, qualities I love so much even in the author’s heaviest stories. Yes, I like pork rinds too, I might be hungry while reading.
– A peninsula that separates from the mainland and drifts into the sea. Death stops its work so that no one dies for a while in a certain country. An outbreak of blindness gradually infects an entire country. Saramago knows how to use elements of imagination to investigate (and persecute) topics that interest him.
– Yes, mastering the Portuguese language takes work. It takes attention and a certain skill not to get lost in very long sentences with unusual punctuation and alternating voices without much fanfare. Anyway, fear not. Part of his reputation is that the speech of the lazy is difficult to counter any unchewed literature. We get a lot better after Saramago finds out what he is.
– “Dogs are incorrigible dreamers, we dream with our eyes open,” we read at a certain moment in the tender “Intervals of Death.” Dogs walk through the author’s works. They are important elements of stories like “The Cave”, “The Stone Raft” and “An Essay on Blindness”. These guys always make me happy with their readings. Saramago once said, “Dogs have more humanity than men.” This is understandable.
– As Pedro Fernández said in the podcast episode I mentioned at the beginning of the column, Saramago makes us see the world through different eyes (in fact, Enjoy that chat to fish for tips on how to read Portuguese books first🇧🇷 Through his stories, the author leads the reader to reflect on historical, human, social and political issues – the way he treads on governments is noticeable.
– “Without democracy there will be no human rights, but without human rights there will be no democracy. We are in a situation where we talk a lot about democracy and nothing about human rights. I believe that both are great. The wars of this century, throw us into them, the century will be disastrous. Saramakov’s The quote has been relevantly current since the turn of the millennium.The author’s work contributes in many ways to this battle to protect democracy and human rights.
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