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  • Saramago writes possibly the most beautiful but certainly the most precise and differentiated Portuguese prose of our time

    Walter Haubrich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Saramago is a writer, like Faulkner, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any improbability to life

    John Updike
  • No candidate for a Nobel Prize has a better claim to lasting recognition than this novelist

    Edmund White
  • He was the equal of Philip Roth, Günter Grass, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. His genius was remarkably versatile - he was at once a great comic and a writer of shocking earnestness and grim poignancy

    Harold Bloom
  • Saramago is a writer of formidable talent and extraordinary imagination

    La Repubblica

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