October 28 - November 4, 1998

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by Fernendo Rosa

KENNELLY ON PARK STREET - Congresswoman Barbara B. Kennelly, the Democratic candidate for governor, was on Park Street for a fundraiser and conversation Thursday, October 22 at Casa Lisboa restaurant.

The candidate presented her views for the state to a full house as the campaign is winding down. The election will take place on November 3.

RECOGNITION & CONGRATULATIONS - The Portuguese Writer Jose Saramago, received of the Nobel Prize for literature. The 75 year native of Ribatejo was selected for his work, not his communist ideology.

Jose Saramago was born in Azinhaga, in the Province of Ribatejo, and was educated as a technician before becoming a journalist, translator and writer.

He began to build his international reputation in the 1980's with the publication of his satirical novel "Memorial do Convento" published in English as Baltasar and Blismunda.

In 1984 he published "A Morte de Ricardo Reis" that takes its subject from the works of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935).
"A Jaganda de Pedra" published in 1986 deals with a number of supernatural events that culminate in the severance of the "Iberian peninsula so that it starts to float into the Atlantic, initially heading for the Azores."

But one of the most controversial works is the novel "O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Christo," that received the wrath of the Catholic church.

His latest work - The Blindness - was reviewed for the New York Times by Andrew Miller. The English publisher for the Nobel Prize winner is Harcourt Brace.

Mr. Saramago, currently living in the island of Lanzarotte in the Canary Islands, is the third Portuguese recipient of a Nobel Prize. Egas Moniz won the award for medicine and Bishop Ximenes Belo and Jose Ramos Horta were the Nobel Peace prize winners for the efforts of the cause of Timor.

FILMS - The Portuguese Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with Real Arts Way, the Portuguese Lectureship at UCONN and the Institute Camoes, is presenting a series of Portuguese movies at the RAW auditorium. The next movie is November 15 at 1:30 pm, A mulher do Proximo. It is in Portuguese with English subtitles. The film series is being coordinated by Dr. Tereza Neves, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut.

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