Very sad to hear that the wonderful writer and Nobel-laureate José Saramago has died.
Read Saramago’s Nobel lecture.
Article on BBC News.
Verso published his last book, The Notebook, in May this year.
From the last pages of the book:
August 31: Farewell
The motto says that all things, good and bad, must pass, and that fits like a glove the work that is ending here and the person who did it. You may find something good in these posts, and on that I congratulate myself, without vanity; and others may encounter something bad, and for this I apologize—but only for not having written of certain subjects better, not for having failed to write of different subjects, since, if you will excuse my saying so, that was never an option. Farewells are always best when briefly bidden. This is no opera aria into which can now be inserted an interminable addio, addio. Farewell, however. Until another day? I sincerely think not. I have begun another book and wish to dedicate all my time to it. You will see why, if it all goes well. Meanwhile, you will have my Caim [Cain].