JOSE SARAMAGO (19222010) was the author of many books, among them Blindness and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.GIOVANNI PONTIERO translated all of Saramago's novels until his death in 1997, just after finishing his translation of Blindness.
"For a first novel, though, this work displays a masterly
grasp of wordplay and other literary devices, and as the translator
points out, it can also serve as a map to the political and social
themes of Saramago's future novels."