Friday, December 7, 2012

Saramago Foundation

 
Casa dos Bicos, Lisbon (check the building here)

José Saramago (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist.
In 1992, the Portuguese Prime Minister Cavaco Silva -yuck!-, who currently is our President -yuck!-, ordered the removal of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the European Literary Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Disheartened by this political censorship of his work, Saramago went into exile on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, upon which he resided until his death in 2010.
In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

20 comments:

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Thank you for the history, it's very interesting; I did not know. Thank you for sharing the pix, the building is way beyond cool.

Lowell said...

What a building! Fantastic. And a great story about this fine writer. It is so sad when the "authorities" believe they have the power to censor someone! I'm going to check out "The Gospel..." Sounds like something I would like.

Halcyon said...

Great details on this building. The windows are fantastic!

Olivier said...

je connaissais pas, bel hommage

Shaun Gibbs said...

I take it you have a dislike to a certain Cavaco Silva. I can say from what you are say that he doest sound a very nice chap. Anyone who messes with the work of the church needs to go into exile.
Have a great weekend.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fascinating building JM, apart from the unusual facade, if you enlarge you can see a different scene in each window..I love your descriptive 'yuck' very succinct haha!

VP said...

I remember this building! Saramago was a great man of strong opinions (which I don't share) and a great writer:Baltasar and Blimunda and The History of the Siege of Lisbon are my favorite works. I didn't know of the self-imposed exile, which is a very sad story.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Quite a building. Have a good weekend Diane

Sharon said...

It's interesting how some leaders think they know what's good for everyone else.

Sylvia K said...

I do so agree with Wayne, JM!! And I love your reaction to your presidient -- YUCK!! I've done that numerous times over the years -- fortunately, not our current one! Have a lovely weekend!

cieldequimper said...

To think this would still happen at the end of the XXth century...

Beautiful building.

JM said...

@Ciel: Exactly! This is what happens when the people are stupid and vote on narrow minded hypocrites!

RedPat said...

Wonderful facade. The story makes me reel with outrage!

Inverness Daily Photo said...

Narrow-mindedness has turned full circle in the last hundred years.

Birdman said...

Take that Mr. Presidente! A-holes are in power too.

Photo Cache said...

very impressive facade. happy friday.

Kay said...

That's a pretty amazing building; very different. And how sad that someone so talented would have to become an exile. . .

Randy said...

I really like the design of this building. Nice shot.

Jack said...

It is always interesting reading your perspective on Portuguese political and social matters.

Great building!

tapirgal said...

Are you sure this is real?