Statement by the Secretariat of the Central Committee
The death of José Saramago represents an irreparable loss for Portugal, for the Portuguese people, for Portuguese culture.
José Saramago’s intellectual, artistic, human and civic stature makes him a major figure in our History.
His vast, remarkable and unique literary work – which was recognized through a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 – will remain as a milestone in the History of Portuguese Literature, in which his is one of the most prominent names.
José Saramago helped to build [the] April [1974 Revolution] as an active participant in the resistance to fascism. He gave continuity to this activity after the Day of Liberation with his engagement in the revolutionary process that profoundly transformed our country for the better, creating a democracy that had as its prime reference defending the interests of the workers, of the people and of the country.
José Saramago was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party since 1969 and his death represents a loss for the entire Communist Party collective – for the Party which he chose as his own until his final days.
The Secretariat of the Central Committee of the PCP wishes to express its profound sorrow and its enormous pain for the death of comrade José Saramago – and expresses its heartfelt condolences to his companion, Pilar del Rio, and to his remaining family.
The Secretariat of the Central Committee
of the Portuguese Communist Party