The Portuguese Nobel prize winning author, José Sarmago, died today. He was 87. He was a natural "story-teller" but his ideas/views/books were controversial causing him to move abroad.
I attended a lecture that he gave a few years ago (2004) at a local library and you didn't need to be conversant in Portuguese to see that he was a good man. Afterwards at the book signing, he reassured those standing in a long queue not to worry about waiting as he would be the last person to leave the hall. He was that kind of person.
I cherish my copy of Baltazar & Blimunda signed by José Saramago. It was a pleasure to meet him.
May he rest in peace . . .