Jose Saramago, Nobel Laureate, Dies

by thiszine

José Saramago, 87, the only Portuguese-language writer to have won the Nobel Prize, died Friday morning at his home in Spain. Saramago’s surreal and occasionally controversial books frequently placed ordinary people in radical situations and confrontations. According to The Washington Post, literary critic Harold Bloom denounced Saramago’s political views as those of “a Portuguese Stalinist” but honored him as the second-best writer in the world.

The Catholic Church greatly disapproved of his novel The Gospel of Jesus Christ, in which Jesus Christ is portrayed as a teenager with a strong libido. Following the church’s censorship of the book, Saramago entered self-exile in Spain for the remainder of his life.

Saramago’s novel Blindness was made into a 2008 film starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

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