Portugal's Nobel-winning novelist Saramago dies: publisher

18th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998, has died at the age of 87 on the Canary island of Lanzarote where he lived, his Spanish publisher said Friday.

The outspoken author, whose novels include "Blindness" and "The Cave", had spent several periods in hospital recently, for what Spanish media said were respiratory problems.

Saramago left Portugal in the early 1990s after the conservative government in power at the time refused to allow his controversial novel "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" to compete for a European literary prize.

He lived on Lanzarote with his wife Pilar del Rio, a Spanish journalist.

© 2010 AFP

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