Portuguese author and poet who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. His best-known works include The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991) and Blindness (1995).
He attended technical school and briefly worked as a car mechanic before becoming an assistant editor for the Portuguese newspaper, Diario de Noticias. He published his first work, Terra do Pecado (Land of Sin), in 1947.
His novel, The Clairvoyant, was posthumously published in 2011.
He was born to a peasant family in Azinhaga, Portugal. He and his wife, Pilar del Rio, had a daughter.
He and Antonio Lobo Antunes are both famous Portuguese authors.