[VIDEO] Today José Saramago would be 99 years old: Facts and phrases of the Nobel Prize that do not die

Jose Saramago was born on a day like today, November 16, 1922, in the Portuguese city of Azinhaga, in a home made up of Jose de Sousa and his mother, Maria de Piedade, both were peasants who did not own land and who were also low-income.

This economic condition influenced the thoughts of this author mainly in his political ideals. In the year 1925, his family moved to Lisbon and his father started working as a policeman.

At the age of 12 he entered an industrial school and received humanistic studies there, due to lack of resources he was unable to complete his studies so he had to work in a mechanical smithy.

Shortly thereafter, he started working for an insurance company and worked as a journalist for the Newspaper a renowned national newspaper, however it was expelled for political reasons.

It was part of the first direction of the Writers Association of Portugal he also worked as deputy editor of the aforementioned newspaper.

For his energetic statements he suffered persecution and censorship due to the Salazar dictatorship.

The first great novel was called ‘Raised do chão’ and in which he narrated the living conditions of the Lavre workers and through this work he showed his incomparable and almost poetic style that distinguished him throughout his life.

He passed away when he was 87 years old, on June 18, 2010 in his house.

The reason for your death was chronic leukemia that caused a failure in all his organs.

The ashes were placed at the foot of a centenary olive tree that had been brought from his hometown and that had later been transplanted in Campo das Cebolas, in front of the José Saramago Foundation casa dos Bicos when the first anniversary of the death was fulfilled.

Data you did not know:

1. It should have been called Jose de Sousa but by the work and grace of the official on duty. Saramago’s nickname disliked him greatly.

2. He obtained the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998, being the first Portuguese writer to do so.

3. He was distinguished for his work with numerous awards and honorary doctorates by the Universities of Turin, Seville, Manchester, Castilla-La Mancha and Brasilia. In addition, he received the Camoes Award, equivalent to Cervantes Prize in Portuguese-speaking countries.

3. Strong critic Pope Benedict XVI. His move from Portugal to the Canary Islands came, at least in large part, due to criticism of the book The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.

4 Fame reached him until he was sixty years old, with Convent memorial, a novel that, according to Pilar del Río has told on more than one occasion, led to her love affair with the writer.

5. Saramago married in 1944 with Ilda Reis, with whom he had a daughter named Violante.

6. The writer was accused of anti-Semitism, declaring in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper that “Jews do not deserve compassion for the suffering they endured during the Holocaust.”


1. “The world is turning into a cave just like Plato’s: everyone looking at images and believing they are reality.”

2. The journey never ends. Only travelers finish. And they too can subsist in memory, in remembrance, in narration… the goal of a trip is only the beginning of another trip ”.

3. “There is something positive about defeat, it is never final. On the other hand, victory has something negative, it is never final ”.

4. “The three diseases of today’s man are isolation, the technological revolution and his life centered on his personal triumph.”

5. “Now there is no doubt that the unconditional search for personal success implies deep loneliness. That loneliness of the water that does not move ”.

6. “Within us there is something that has no name and that is what we really are.”

7. “We are the memory that we have and the responsibility that we assume; without memory we do not exist and without responsibility we may not deserve to exist ”.

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[VIDEO] Today José Saramago would be 99 years old: Facts and phrases of the Nobel Prize that do not die