3326 – House Of The Beaks II

Today the Casa dos Bicos is home of the José Saramago Foundation.

As I already said, I have not been in any museums in Lisbon. I just didn’t have the time, but when I think of it, I probably would have skipped this one anyway.

When Saramago got the Nobel Prize, I read his book “Blindness”, expecting something like Albert Camus’ “La peste”, and in a way this was not completely wrong.

Saramago is more absurd, more abstract, and there is less human warmth. When I read the book, I was tentatively inclined to read more, but although I bought “Seeing” a few years later, I never read it. Somehow “Blindness” had failed to deeply touch me.

Am I missing something?

2 thoughts on “3326 – House Of The Beaks II”

  1. Saramago is one of my all-time favourite authors, but some of his books are such that I haven’t been able to finish them. The best ones for me were The Elephant’s Journey, The Cave, All the Names, and Death with Interruptions – all of these in excellent Finnish translations. I did like Blindness, but it didn’t really convince me, and Seeing was a disappointment. And I didn’t manage to read beyond a couple of dozen pages The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.

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