Marcelo criticizes Cavaco's government veto over Saramago – The Economic Journal

Marcelo criticizes Cavaco's government veto over Saramago - The Economic Journal


On the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to José Samarago, the first Nobel Prize to be attributed to a Portuguese-language author, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa today recalled the government's veto in 1992 that prevented the work of José Saramago, "The Gospel according to Jesus Christ" to compete for the European Literary Prize.

At the opening of the congress celebrating 20 years of awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa classified Monday the government act led by Cavaco Silva as "lack of sense and lack of taste," writes the online edition of newspaper "Público".

At the time, in the year 1992, the work was vetoed to the European Literary Prize by Under Secretary of State for Culture of the Cavaco Silva government, António Sousa Lara.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also recalled the fact that he played the PSD with the writer as a social-democrat leader, with "a hug in a madrilena square".



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