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Writer of the month of September: José Saramago
In the year in which the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Literature is celebrated, José Saramago, the only Portuguese-speaking writer to whom, until now, has been awarded the most prestigious of all literary awards. With the objective of deepening the knowledge of the work of the prestigious Portuguese writer, a session organized by the Literary Group of the Pedagogic University of Maputo, at the Camões Library - Portuguese Cultural Center, will take place on September 19th, at 17h00.
The session will feature the special participation of the Mozambican actress Ana Magaia and there will be reading of excerpts from "Essay on Blindness", "From This World", "Memorial of the Convent", "Rising from the Ground" and "The Year of Ricardo Reis' death". The reading of the excerpts of these works intends to be simultaneously a tribute to the genius of a writer who knew to take advantage of the plasticity and the richness of the Portuguese language to produce a work that goes through several genres and literary modes and an opportunity to promote a debate around themes which, being recurrent in many of the texts of Saramago, continue to equate with great actuality the condition of the human being in his relation with himself and with others.
Son and grandson of peasants, José Saramago was born in the village of Azinhaga, in the province of Ribatejo, on November 16, 1922. His family moved to Lisbon before he was two years old. He did secondary education (secondary and technical) but due to economic difficulties, he was not able to continue with his studies. His first job was as a mechanical locksmith, having then worked in several professions: draftsman, health and social security official, translator, editor, journalist.
He published his first book, a novel, Terra do Pecado, in 1947. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. José Saramago died on June 18, 2010.
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19 2018 at 17h00
Address: Camões - Centro Cultural Português, Av. Julius Nyerere no. 720, Maputo