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Blindness & Beyond: José Saramago’s Literary Legacy

Have you read Blindness? It was the first I’d ever heard of José Saramago, when a friend lent me the novel some 10 years ago. While Saramago’s syntax and writing style were very difficult to adjust to, and at times I despaired I never would, the story was so compelling that I was unable to stop reading, and soon it became fluid and natural. And then became one of my favorite books of all time.

Saramago was a Portuguese writer from humble origins who wrote so well he rose to literature’s pinnacle. Blindness is his best-known work, but he wrote dozens of books during his life, many rivaling the power, depth and resonance of that work. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, and died in 2010 at the age of 87.

If you haven’t read any Saramago, you are in for a treat. Read more about José Saramago and see the selection of books he authored.

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