Sunday, May 25, 2008

Saramago Watches Blindness

Those of you familiar with my blog will know that one of my favorite authors, perhaps my #1 favorite living author, is Jose Saramago. Recently, someone named “Bruno” sent me a link in the comments section of a past blog.
Thank you Bruno, whoever you are.
The link brought me to a youtube clip that shows the great author’s reaction to [presumably] his first viewing of the movie Blindness, which was based on his 1995 novel of the same name.
To Saramago’s right is his wife, Pilar del Rio, and to his left, [the man who kisses him on the forehead] is director Fernando Meirelles.
Even though I am of the opinion that this clip is somewhat of a gross violation of a very private moment that essentially should not have been caught on film, yet even so, I cannot resist the urge to place it here on Bookpuddle.
It is profoundly moving. Please forgive me, Mr. Saramago.
There is a special place in my heart for Jose Saramago.
I believe him to be one of the most relevant writers in the world today, and if he is gone before me, I will intensely grieve that loss. I am honored to have met him, if ever so briefly, one evening in June of 2005.
And I cherish my own signed copy of Blindness.

To view a trailer of the movie, click HERE.
Saramago has even inspired my own poetic endeavors...


Beth said...

Yes, it was a violation of his privacy, but so lovely to see such tender, loving connection between the two.

stefanie said...

Oh that was wonderful. I don't know whose happiness caused me more tears, Saramago's or the director's. And I watched the movie trailer and wow! I can hardly wait.

cipriano said...

He is so adorable.
A terrific terrific author and human being.
Yes, I am very much looking forward to "seeing" the movie!