Saramago, who was born on this date in 1922 and died in 2010, is one of only a dozen Latinos to win the Nobel Prize in literature, which he won in 1998.
Saramago’s best known book, 1995′s Blindness, was made into a 2008 movie starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Gael García Bernal. His 1991 book, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ), drew controversy for its anti-religious views.
Granta ran a great article about the Portuguese writer by his translator, Margaret Jull Costa.
The Hispanic Reader reviewed his last book, Cain, which was published last month.