They will read Saramago on the occasion of International Book Day

The narrative of a story that begins when a man in his car, stopped at a red light, suddenly goes blind, in that terse language that characterizes the Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, is the one that will be heard in every corner of Jalisco during the traditional reading marathon on the occasion of World Book Day.

This was decided by the International Book Fair. The participants in this start of the Guadalajara, World Book Capital 2022 program, on Saturday, April 23, at Paseo Fray Antonio Alcalde, will read one of Saramago’s fundamental works: “Essay on blindness”, a work done by Saramago in nineteen ninety five.

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The Portuguese writer José Saramago was chosen, on the centenary of his birth, and twenty years of activities will also be celebrated in public squares for World Book Day in our city.

The reading aloud marathon, which has the support of the Government of Guadalajara, will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Paseo Fray Antonio Alcalde (next to the Municipal Presidency ), as one of the kick-off activities of the Guadalajara program, World Book Capital 2022, a designation conferred on our city by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco, for its acronym in English).

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Since 1995, World Book Day has been celebrated with a public reading aloud in Guadalajara and other municipalities.

The works of Juan José Arreola (2002, 2011 and 2018), Julio Cortázar (2003), Pablo Neruda (2004), Jules Verne (2005), Jorge Luis Borges (2006), Gabriel García Márquez (2007), Agustín Yáñez (2008), Horacio Quiroga (2009), Jorge Ibargüengoitia (2010), Bram Stoker (2012), Jane Austen (2013), José Emilio Pacheco (2014), Lewis Carroll (2015), Mary Shelley (2016), Ignacio Padilla (2017), Fernando del Paso (2019), Ray Bradbury 2020) and Augusto Monterroso (2021).

People who wish to register to read a fragment of the work must go to Paseo Fray Antonio Alcalde on April 23 and register in the modules that the FIL Guadalajara will have for that purpose. Each participating reader will receive, as is the Saint Jordi tradition that inspires the celebration of World Book Day, a rose and a copy of the book Essay on blindness, as a gift from the International Book Fair, with the support of Penguin Random House.

The Higher Secondary Education System and the University Library System of the University of Guadalajara will carry out, as in previous years, mirror readings in their different locations, from April 25 to 29. The State Network of Public Libraries of Jalisco will also join the celebration, with mirror readings of José Saramago’s book in its spaces.

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Jose Saramago (1922-2010)

In 1947 he published his first novel, Land of Sin. His works include Raised Ground (1980), Memorial of the Convent (1982), The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984), The Stone Raft (1986), History of the Lisbon Siege (1989), The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991) and Essay on blindness (1995).

In addition to the Nobel Prize, he received the Camões Prize as well as numerous honorary awards and doctorates from the universities of Turin, Seville, Manchester, Castilla-La Mancha and Brasilia, among others. It was in 1998 that he won the Nobel Prize for literature for his ability to “make an elusive reality understandable, with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony.”

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They will read Saramago on the occasion of International Book Day