Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tributes:José Saramago

José Saramago tributes: a message to all PEN Centres from Portuguese PEN

Dear colleagues in PEN Centres and PEN Committees worldwide,

José Saramago died on the 18.6.2010. He was one of the most engaged citizens of literature of our times and just some days before his death he wrote on his blog some lines about the importance of educating individuals for peace as the promotion of the capacity lo listen to the Other. We in Portuguese PEN consider him as one of the most distinguished examples of the values of the PEN Charter, as well as a creator of great universal literature.

If you would like to send us a personal note about José Saramago (no more than six lines, with a translation in one of the three PEN working languages), send it to under the title Saramago. It will be posted in our blog Graphias. Please spread this message among the members of your Centre. Please remark that only signed messages from PEN members will be posted, and the Centre must be named too.

Best regards,
Teresa Salema
President of the Portuguese PEN Centre

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