Cuban writers regret death of Nobel literature laureate Saramago

11:21, June 19, 2010      

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Cuban intellectuals regretted on Friday the death of the Portuguese Nobel literature prize winner Jose Saramago, describing him as Cuba's "great friend" and a writer committed to the leftist ideology.

Miguel Barnet, president of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, said "Cuba lost a great friend and the world literature lost an example of ethics and creativity."

Barnet, also a poet and novelist, said Saramago was a writer who had consistent political ideology.

The National Poetry Prize winner Pablo Armando Fernandez said Saramago "will remain forever in the world of letters," since he "was exemplary, supportive, clean and humane."

"I hold very pleasant memories of his friendship," he added.

Novelist Leonardo Padura said Saramago is one of the icons of the letters of the 20th century and early 21st, and a man highly concerned with literature, life and the contemporary world.

Jose Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and died on Friday. His first novel "Land of Sin" was published in 1947. He won his country's top literary award, the Camoes Prize, in 1995 and the Nobel Prize in 1998. His latest novel "All the names" (1998) appeared on lists of best sellers.

Source: Xinhua


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