This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich composed Voices from Chernobyl. I read the first edition in Russian many years ago and remained permanently impressed because the text greatly diverges from the literature I previously read about the Chernobyl disaster.
Winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, Portuguese novelist José Saramago died last month. He was 87. He left a long list of novels--and books in other genres, too--as his legacy in spite of the fact that he didn’t start writing novels until he was in his fifties.
Library Journal recommended Blindness as an “excellent choice for a book-discussion group.” Publishers Weekly said The Cave is a “remarkably generous and eloquent novel” and that “Saramago [had] an extraordinary ability to make a complex narrative read like a simple parable.”