Friday, June 18, 2010

Nobel-winning author Jose Saramago dies

The 87 year old Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago has died. Best known for works such as Blindness and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (which won the PEN Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Award) as well as the controversial The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.

You can read the New York Time Obituary here and an interview with Jose Saramago on The Guardian here.

Ibooknet member Simon French Books has a couple of nice first editions of Jose Saramago novels.

1 comment:

Ben said...

I can understand that a Nobel Prize winner has appeal to a certain market (OK, certain BIG market), but I've never met anybody that could withstand his books. The Year Of The Death Of Ricardo Reis broke me to so many levels.

He had great ideas (Blindness, Death With interruptions) but he was way way too thick in style for me to enjoy.

Anyway, I don't want to say anymore bad things as it's always the end of many worlds when a writer dies.

Thanks for the stories sir!

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