Saramago, José

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Saramago, José Gender: M
José de Sousa Saramago
born on 16 November 1922 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Santarém, Portugal, 39n14, 8w41
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°26' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 20°09 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 07°06'

José Saramago
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Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.

His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom described Saramago as "the greatest living novelist" and considers him to be "a permanent part of the Western canon", while James Wood praises "the distinctive tone to his fiction [...] because he narrates his novels as if he were someone both wise and ignorant."

More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages. A proponent of libertarian communism, Saramago was criticized by institutions such as the Catholic Church, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, with whom he disagreed on various issues. An atheist, he defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition. In 1992, the Government of Portugal under Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva ordered the removal of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the Aristeion Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Disheartened by this political censorship of his work, Saramago went into exile on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, upon which he resided until his death on 18 June 2010.

Saramago was a founding member of the National Front for the Defence of Culture in Lisbon in 1992, and co-founder with Orhan Pamuk, of the European Writers' Parliament (EWP).

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1998 (Nobel Prize in Literature)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Small Memories" by Jose Saramago (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), p. 41: "I was born on November 16, 1922, at two o'clock in the afternoon, and not on November 18th as the register of births, marriages and deaths would have it."


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Literature)