Lisbon, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Jose Saramago Foundation, established in 2009 after the death of this Portuguese writer, inaugurated today its headquarters in the renovated Casa dos Bicos (House of the Tips), in downtown Lisbon.
“This is a new cultural center for the city, but also for the whole world,” said the mayor of this capital, António Costa, during the opening ceremony of the building, one of the most original of the city.
In his inaugural address, Costa described Saramago, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1998) and died on June 18, 2010 in the Canary island of Lanzarote, as a” saint of the words, sermons and miracles. ”
The president of the Foundation and widow of the writer, Pilar del Rio, said the purpose of this house is not just to be a literary museum but a living center or a or to contribute to the promotion of Portuguese culture through concerts, exhibitions, seminars, debates and book presentations.
In addition to a permanent exhibition of manuscripts, notes, photographs, books, sound and video recordings, and press clippings of Saramago, this new cultural center will show to the public a reproduction study in which the author began to write.