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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old June 18th, 2010, 22:24 Thread Starter
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Jose Saramago

As you may know already, he died today... one of my favourties authors... I enjoyed his writing since "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" fell on my hands... heretic, irreverent, ironic... like "Caim".

As "Blindness", imagining the World from an absurd situation, everyone is blind... as "Seeing", wouldn't it be great that everyone vote blank for once?

I just bought "The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis"... as my personal tribute to one of the greatest of the last century.

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I finished The gospel according to Jesus just yesterday, the first of his books ive read.

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Two days of national mourning in Portugal.
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Loved him.

“In the end we discover the only condition for living is to die.” Jose Saramago

Grācies Pare, descansi en pau.
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I finished The gospel according to Jesus just yesterday, the first of his books ive read.

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It was a fascinating story for me... brilliant prose, but simple at the same time... in my case, one of these books that have an impact.

I really recommend "Blindness"... this kind of stories he liked, imagining the World from an absurd situation, as it would be an epidemic blindness that affects all of us. Beautiful horror, the total breakdown of a society.

Well, I would recommend any of the novels I mentioned, but these 2 are master pieces.
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Two days of national mourning in Portugal.


For me, the Portuguese I admired the most... and probably the most internationalist person of this World.
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RIP. I need to read him more..

“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.”

Oh le le, oh la la.. Ser del Barįa es, el millor que hi ha!!
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I only read Blindness and thought it was slightly overrated, because the cruelty of mankind was examined so many times in literature and his prose, the lack of punctuation of course, doesn't make the novel unenjoyable, but it definitely annoys me. It's the same with Thomas Bernhard. Great writer too by the way. Nevertheless, that's just my personal taste, you can't take anything away from Saramago's brilliant work.

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I only read Blindness and thought it was slightly overrated, because the cruelty of mankind was examined so many times in literature and his prose, the lack of punctuation of course, doesn't make the novel unenjoyable, but it definitely annoys me. It's the same with Thomas Bernhard. Great writer too by the way. Nevertheless, that's just my personal taste, you can't take anything away from Saramago's brilliant work.

RIP
The lack of punctuation creates disorientation, I believe it wants to make you feel uncomfortable, he wants to build dense atmospheres... I believe that this kind of (lack of) punctuation is yet another tool to make you feel what he wants you to feel.

What I like the most about him is that he often starts the story from a very absurd situation, but right after that, his logic is out of question, unquestionable.

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I just bought "The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis"... as my personal tribute to one of the greatest of the last century.
If we believe in this book, and we have vivid evidence on earth for people to believe in books (identity, history, religion, everything is underlying the patterns of narration), José Saramago has another 8 or 9 months left on earth. Indeed, through his works, he has left a little eternity (which can be distinguished from a big eternity only by a small word indicating major euphemism).

I've just finished my thesis about the respective novel two months ago, excellent choice of yours. Make sure you are familiar to the works and life of Fernando Pessoa while you are reading it, especially with the odes of his his heteronym Ricardo Reis, obviously (which I suppose you are already). It really increases the fun of reading the book. There is a lot of discourse concerning the Spanish Civil War and the Portuguese Estado Novo in it as well, which you will most surely enjoy.

I've started reading "Death with Interruptions" these days and it so far is very promising, as everything I read of him so far.

Fare thee well, José Saramago! I'll miss your miracles that were still to come.

Agora não, que joga o Benfica! (Deolinda)

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