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Jose Saramago
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    (November 16, 1922-June 18, 2010)
    Born in Azinhaga, Portugal
    Wrote the novels 'Baltasar and Blimunda' (1982), 'The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis' (1986), 'The Stone Raft' (1986), 'The History of the Seige of Lisbon' (1989), 'The Gospel According to Jesus Christ' (1991), 'Blindness' (1995), 'All the Names' (1997), 'The Tale of the Unknown Island' (1997), 'The Cave' (2001), 'The Double' (2003), 'Death with Interruptions' (2005) and 'Cain' (2009)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1998)
    His books often featured page-long sentences.
    Critic Harold Bloom said of his lifelong communism, 'It baffles me why the man can’t grow up politically. In 2007, to be a Portuguese Stalinist means you’re simply not living in the real world.'
    He denounced the European Union, but ran (unsuccessfully) for the European parliament.
    He was a self-proclaimed pessimist who declared, 'Language is dying almost every day, culture is dying every day.'
    He compared the actions of the Israeli army in Palestine to the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and declared, 'The Jews are unworthy of any more sympathy for their sufferings during the second World War.'
    He went into exile in Spain's Canary Islands after the Portuguese government blocked 'The Gospel According to Jesus Christ' from being nominated for the European Literary Prize on the grounds that its depiction of Jesus as a fallible human being insulted the Catholic community.
    He was the first Portuguese language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    During his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he praised his grandfather as 'the wisest man I ever knew.'
    Although disdainful of his politics, Bloom did say, 'Saramago for the last 25 years has stood his own with any novelist of the Western world.'

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