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The writer Jose Saramago. Photo: juvenal balan

The José Martí National Library of Cuba (BNCJM), together with the Portuguese Embassy in our country, and other cultural institutions, paid tribute, this November 16, to the Portuguese writer José Saramago, Nobel Prize in Literature 1998, on the occasion the centenary of his birth.

During the day to commemorate Saramago, who died in 2010, the exhibition was inaugurated Go back to the given steps, José Saramago, 1922- 2022which brings together posters and an extensive bibliography of the author of Essay on blindnesswhich includes part of his written work in the genres of narrative, poetry and theater.

In the presence of His Excellency Mr. José Pedro Machado Vieira, Ambassador of Portugal in Havana, of representatives of the Embassy of Mozambique in Havana, the discussion took place at the Hart Theater Saramago in Cuba, with the voices of Iyaimí Palomares, director of Editorial Arte y Literatura; the writers and translators Rodolfo Alpízar Castillo and Olga Sánchez Guevara, and the actor Miguel Abreu, from Ludis Teatro.

Aware of the quality of the Cuban people as readers, Saramago was always kind enough to donate his copyrights for each of his works, which have been almost all published in Cuba, since the first one was published. lifted off the ground, in 1989, commented the director of Art and Literature, who announced a new edition of her book Essay on blindness.

“When I discovered Saramago,” said Alpízar Castillo, who was in charge of the first Spanish translation of lifted off the ground– I discovered myself as a novelist. Translating this great teacher has allowed me to grow. He was an extraordinary person who always loved his translators, among whom I can proudly say that I am »and recommended that our country publish more of his theatrical work, among which is In nominee Dei, which has been staged by the Ludis Teatro group.

The actor Miguel Abreu referred to the values ​​of this work and the impact of Saramago’s writing on his career, who invited those present to access the staging In Nominee Dei, a work that has a great connection with reality, when addressing the issue of war; while Olga Sánchez Guevara advocated that her work as a poet be better known, which she, she said, should be as well known as that of a novelist.

Music and verses were part of the tribute. Poems dedicated to Saramago, and authored by him, ended an afternoon in which the renowned writer was celebrated and applauded in the first hundred years of his life.

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