Sunday, June 20, 2010

Education : José Saramago, the Portuguese Nobel in Literature






José Saramago Nobel Prize in Literature 1998

José Saramago, the Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998 died, June 18, 2010, at the age of 87. His ashes remaine in Lisbon.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1998 was awarded to José Saramago "who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality"

Nobel Prize

He lived in Spain and Portugal, his wife is spanish. After Saramago death,  Pilar del Río, will come to Portugal as the new director of Fundação José Saramago. The fondation will continue to promote and preserve the study of the incredible literary work, correspondence and other works of the Portuguese Nobel Prize in Literature.

"Promover o estudo da obra literária do seu Instituidor bem como da sua correspondência e espólio e respectiva preservação".


Born to hard-scrabble origins, Saramago dropped out of school at 12 to train as a car mechanic. After different jobs, he began a self-taught  full-time writer in his late 50s.




José Saramago/ AFP
Nobel Prize in Literature 1998


Aged 87, Saramago was writing a blog Outros Cadernos de Saramago. He has a million followers on Facebook.

He said November, 29, 1998:


"Começar a ler foi para mim como entrar num bosque pela primeira vez e encontrar-me, de repente, com todas as árvores, todas as flores, todos os pássaros. Quando fazes isso, o que te deslumbra é o conjunto. Não dizes: gosto desta árvore mais que das outras. Não, cada livro em que entrava, tomava-o como algo único."1)



José Saramago, Outros cadernos de Saramago

His message in this document is about the power of literacy!

Among his enormous work, Jose Saramago, the Portuguese Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote a children's book "A Maior Flor do Mundo" (2002)






The video is an animated version (2007) of his children's book. It's narrated and featured by José Saramago himself. There is a Spanish version too. The book can be find here (different editions).

The animated movie won the best prize at "Animation at Anchorage Internacional Film Festival. He also has been nominated for the Goya 2008 as short film.

His novel Ensaio sobre a CegueiraBlindness was adapted to cinema by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (2008). The film Blindness has been in competition at the Festival de Cannes 2008.







Education:

Two good suggestions to include José Saramago, Nobel Prizein Literature, into school curriculum, different levels, of course.

  • Levels: A Maior Flor do Mundo: Primary & Elementary schools; Ensaio sobre a Cegueira/ Blindnesse: Secondary schools (high junior schools; vocational schools)
  • Curricula: Literature and Languages, Arts, Media.




Blindness, 2008

Secondary/Vocational education: 

Teachers can propose Saramago novels in Secondary education. There so many interesting novels you can read with your students. Make a choice by inviting your students.

As a motivation, you can display the video of the film Blindness based on Saramago's novel Ensaio sobre a Cegueira/ Blindness in Literature lessons.







A Maior Flor do Mundo, José Saramago

Primary & Elementary education:

The animated video (Portuguese or Spanish languages) A Maior Flor do Mundo could be a beautiful motivation to read the book in your Languages lessons ( Portuguese or Spanish as Foreign Languages).


G-Souto

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