José Saramago

1922 - 2010

José Saramago

José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese: [ʒuˈzɛ ðɨ ˈsozɐ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; 16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010), was a 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 theopoetic human factor. In 2003 Harold Bloom described Saramago as "the most gifted novelist alive in the world today" and in 2010 said he considers Saramago 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." Bloom and Saramago met when Saramago presented Bloom with an honorary degree from the University of Coimbra; according to Bloom: "A warm acquaintanceship ensued, marked by an exegetical disagreement concerning The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, which continued in correspondence and at a later meeting in New York City".More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of José Saramago has received more than 786,960 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 114th most popular writer.

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    Languages Editions (L)

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  • 3.83

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Among writers, José Saramago ranks 113 out of 4,883Before him are Paulo Coelho, Václav Havel, Kālidāsa, Hafez, Alexandre Dumas fils, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. After him are François Villon, Federico García Lorca, Rudyard Kipling, Paul Verlaine, Apuleius, and Jean Cocteau.

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Among people born in 1922, José Saramago ranks 3Before him are Stan Lee and Yitzhak Rabin. After him are Pier Paolo Pasolini, Christopher Lee, Thomas Kuhn, Norodom Sihanouk, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erich Hartmann, and Jack Kerouac. Among people deceased in 2010, José Saramago ranks 1After him are J. D. Salinger, Leslie Nielsen, Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Ronnie James Dio, Lech Kaczyński, Dennis Hopper, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Benoit Mandelbrot, Claude Chabrol, and Louise Bourgeois.

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Among people born in Portugal, José Saramago ranks 7 out of 370Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), and Prince Henry the Navigator (1394). After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), António Guterres (1949), Afonso I of Portugal (1109), and Pope Damasus I (305).