Lisbon: Documents reveal Saramago’s ‘trouble’ with the regime – Lifestyle

(ANSA) – LISBON, 02 AGO – An exhibition devoted to the writer José Saramago (1922-2010) was inaugurated on Tuesday August 2 at the State Archives in Lisbon. The event is part of a series of initiatives that will culminate in November, which marked the whole of 2022, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Portuguese novelist. Saramago won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

One of the prerogatives of this exhibition is to reveal to the public documents previously unknown to the State Archives concerning the life and work of the novelist and political activist, focusing in particular on the years during which he was “under the observation” of the authorities – during the regime first of António Oliveira Salazar and then of Marcelo Caetano.

The documents include several files on him opened by the political police, the PIDE/DGS, a letter to his daughter Violante, imprisoned in 1973 for celebrating May Day, and documents concerning the founding of a weekly called O Diabo, or the devil, which also inspires the title of the show: “José Saramago and some documents from the Devil”. The exhibition will remain open to the public until September 6. (ANSA).


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