Today the Portuguese writer and only Portuguese language Nobel Prize Winner in Literature José Saramago died at age 87 in his residence in Lanzarote victim of old age and prolonged illness leaving us with a rich body of fiction filled with philosophic reflection through which he created situations improbable and impossible as they were critical including the bestsellers Blindness  that describes a country where everybody loses their sight and Death with Interruptions  that explores social conflicts in a country where people stop dying.
@LuisMonteiro  José Saramago marcou-me pela integridade, desapego à fama, postura leal perante os seus ideais, por muito q possamos n os partilhar. Homem.
His atheist and militantly communist convictions set apart a revolutionary soul one not always accepted or understood: he moved to Spain in the 1990s after having been barred from participating in literary competitions with the polemic work “The Gospel according to Jesus Christ “.
@tuliovianna  Se o inferno cristão existe, neste momento Saramago está sendo recebido com honras de chefe de Estado; Darwin faz um discurso de boas-vindas
Only a few minutes after the announcement of Saramago's death netcitizens around the world began paying tribute to Saramago who became one of the most commented topics on Twitter even in spite of the irony that this represents as his opposition to this communication tool was quite well known.
Saramago's writing style was challenging in translation and particularly in the original Portuguese as some noted
@chonnye  My favorite novelist, Jose Saramago passed away. His books had a rhythm that no other writer could come close to duplicating. RIP.
@diegomaia  E se todo mundo escrevesse sem pontuação hoje em homenagem a Saramago #saramagoday
@joaomhenrique  Vamos todos deitar fora a tecla da vírgula do teclado em sua homenagem. RIP José Saramago
@maria_fro  Tô muito triste, #Saramago além de um ótimo escritor era admirável em sua coerência e princípios: http://migre.me/Q28O #luto
Maria Frô also gives some reading suggestions on Saramago on her blog  particularly the last interviews that he did with El País where the writer said Don't talk to me about death, because I already know it .
The last text published on Saramago's blog called “Think, Think ” leaves us to ponder the intellectual and ideological value of a personality that will live on through words.
Acho que na sociedade actual nos falta filosofia. Filosofia como espaço, lugar, método de refexão, que pode não ter um objectivo determinado, como a ciência, que avança para satisfazer objectivos. Falta-nos reflexão, pensar, precisamos do trabalho de pensar, e parece-me que, sem ideias, nao vamos a parte nenhuma.