‪Casa Jose Saramago‬

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Xavier M
‪Lier‬, بلجيكا8 مساهمات
‪Not all of Lanzarote's hotspots are necessarily volcanic... :-)‬
سبتمبر 2021
‪My visit already dates from Tuesday last week (14 September) but I could not find enough time until now to write this review.

Most touristic guides, reception desk leaflets and even the road signs on Lanzarote’s motorways will guide the average tourist either ‘upwards’, towards the volcanic scenery of the mountains in Timanfaya, or ‘downwards’, in the direction of a gorgeous beach or one the vibrant entertainment zones bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Hence, as a gullible and ignorant tourist visiting Lanzarote for the very first time, it is almost impossible to be even aware that José Saramago used to live here - unless one holds at least a MSc in Portuguese literature, of course.

Nevertheless I knew about the great Portuguese writer, albeit on an average’s layman’s level. I still recall having read the novel ‘Seeing’ (in Dutch translation) around the year 2008 or 2009, when the author was still alive. I was very charmed by the anarchist and even libertarian tenets endorsed throughout the story. So when I rather accidentally found out about the whereabouts of Saramago’s house - actually I discovered the museum very haphazardly by navigating on Google Maps during a day trip on Lanzarote - I did not hesitate to book a visit. Actually my visit took place the day before my return to Belgium, so I was very thrilled that I could still visit the site in the nick of time.

It is actually misleading to speak about ‘the house’ of José Saramago, as the site actually consists of two houses located on both sides of the road. One house consists of Saramago’s working spaces, his (most impressive!) library and more ‘formal’ milieus; the other building hosts the private quarters where Saramago lived together with his spouse. Since she is still alive and in good health today, the private rooms are actually still being used for which they are meant to be used when there are no visits taking place. The visit - which lasts about approximately an hour - starts here. The visitor will then be able to see the spaces where Saramago lived, invited his friends and family, had lunch, enjoyed the scenery of his garden, slept and, ultimately, where he embarked on an eternal journey across the river Styx. The tour is supplemented by a series of QR-codes (yes, you will need a smartphone in order to fully enjoy the tour) that regularly pop up. By scanning the code, a voiced record will start to speak on your device, unveiling more details about the location you find yourself. The recordings are available in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German and Italian.

It is abundantly clear that the curators of the museum have done their utmost best to keep the spirit of José Saramago alive. Or even the author himself. Saramago’s writing desk(s) are still crammed with papers, books, letters and even a computer. On the cabinet in front of his desk, numerous picture frames reveal which persons and events Saramago held dear. The voice on your smartphone will tell you more about this, sometimes unpacking each object in minute detail.

Even though the whole stage and setting of the museum grants the whole experience a most personal touch and feel, this is at the same time its downside as well - and which is the reason why I rate this museum “a mere” 4 stars. Namely, after the visit I may have been fully informed about José Saramago’s favourite Portuguese painters and sculptors that have decorated his house, yet, without knowing anything about the importance of Saramago as a writer of the 20th and early 21st century. For example, why did Saramago send himself into voluntary exile to Lanzarote back in 1993? Of course, it had to do with the publication of his novel ‘The Gospel according to Jesus Christ’ the year before which sent a shockwave throughout the political, religious and artistic communities of Portugal. But why, then, was this novel so controversial and even controversial enough to instigate a furious Portuguese prime minister in sabotaging Mr Saramago from winning the annual Aristeion Prize? Unfortunately, the curious visitor bewitched with such questions will leave the museum empty-handed. Or to take yet another example: it is known that José Saramago joined to Portuguese Communist Party and remained a member until the rest of his life. Again, many open questions will immediately come to the fore: what did Saramago find so attractive in communism as a political ideology? In what sense did communism - or political themes in a broader sense - influence Saramago’s literary work? As I wrote at the beginning, reading his novel ‘Seeing’ more than ten years ago really stirred my heart. So I was quite disappointed not having learned anything new about the intellectual, philosophical and/or ideological background against which the novel has been written.

Perhaps it was a deliberate strategy of the curators to circumnavigate these hot topics during the visit, in order to render the visit a light-hearted experience. This might be a praiseworthy strategy to pursue, yet, in that case I would strongly advise the museum’s curators to compile a more dense guidebook, or even a full-blown biography, covering these topics in more detail and have it for sale in the museum’s shop. Of course, provided that the book will be available in English translation as well… :-)
Persons eager to delve into the intellectual background of Saramago’s works may find Mark Sabine’s “José Saramago: History, Utopia, and the Necessity of Error” a useful companion (I haven’t read this book myself though).

Speaking about which. The museum’s shop is a genuine treasure trove where one can purchase most, if not all, of Saramago’s literary works. Visitors that do not master any of both ‘Spantuguese’ languages do not need to worry, as most of the books are also available in a dazzling variety of translations. I even noticed that there were some translations available in my own native language (Dutch) which enchanted me very much.

By stark contrast, the official website of the museum is currently only available in Spanish, which is an unacceptable state of affairs. At least the opening hours and contact information (and perhaps some itinerary descriptions) should be available in other languages as well.

In short, despite my comments this museum is definitely worth your time and money and I hope that the tourist agencies and other organisations involved on Lanzarote will increase their efforts to make the whereabouts of this museum more publicly known. Indeed, even if you have only one day to organise some excursions on Lanzarote, and even if you had not visited the island before, please make sure that THIS museum is on your bucket list.

I definitely hope to visit this marvellous place again one day.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 سبتمبر 2021
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Lena F
سنترا, البرتغال10 مساهمات
‪Simplesmente maravilhoso‬
أغسطس 2021
‪A forma como organizam a visita é maravilhosa e intimista. Consegue-se ver os objectos pessoais do Nobel e ainda circular pela sua casa!‬
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FranciscoGaldosRossi
لانزاروت, إسبانيا24 مساهمة
‪Cultura al alcance de todas‬
ديسمبر 2019
‪Lugar para recordar ,para sentir, para visitar, para admirar la cantidad de palabras que esconden y guardan libros dejados por un escritor cercano a las personas y luchador nos abrió los ojos a la lectura y los oídos a la verdad ,que nos dejo estática en el tiempo como su casa museo tal cual la dejo el ultimo libro que leyó y la ultima palabra que escribió ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 يوليو 2020
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Fran Machado
Pontypool, United Kingdom107 مساهمات
‪Simply superb ‬
زوجان • فبراير 2020
‪A fabulous intimate tour of Jose Saramago’s home in Lanzarote. Alba our guide was informative and only too pleased to answer questions in Spanish, English and French. Walking through his home and library, seeing where he worked, rested and entertained was privilege. I loved his library built to house all and his wife’s books. Allow and hour and a half and make sure you are there for opening at 10. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 مارس 2020
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Vitor N
‪Aveiro‬, البرتغال116 مساهمة
‪Visita obrigatória ‬
زوجان • فبراير 2020
‪Visita obrigatória para qualquer português e/ou amante de literatura.
Surpreendeu positivamente pelo rigor e pormenores da vida de Saramago naquela casa.
Bonita memoria do homem/escritor que apenas começou a escrever romances aos 60 anos...
كُتب بتاريخ 24 فبراير 2020
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feli2016
برشلونة, إسبانيا513 مساهمة
‪Interesante.‬
يناير 2020
‪Esta en el pueblo de Tias, es una casa con encanto, donde el escritor portugues se instalo, y escribio su ultima novela, se realiza con visita guiada, se pude ver como era su vida, la casa da una sensacion de paz, que vale la pena, conocer tanto la informacion de sus obras, como su personalidad como ser humano. Es privada, pero el precio es correcto.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 19 يناير 2020
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Zoe E
‪Chelmsford‬, UK49 مساهمة
‪Hidden Gem‬
يناير 2020
‪Had not heard of the author before we came here but what an interesting house and person. There is an audio guide and tour guide who was excellent in showing us around the house but not rushing us in any way. The house has a lovely feel to it, you see the study, bedroom, kitchen, sitting room and the impressive library. Beautiful views from the garden, would recommend.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 يناير 2020
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HanneleHenry
هلسينكي, فنلندا64 مساهمة
‪A look at the life of an author‬
نوفمبر 2019
‪We took the local bus to Tias and wanted to see the home of the author José Saramago. We thought it would be a quick visit. But little did we know! A great guide took us to see the home and the library and told about the author and his life, also of his books. We didn't notice how much time we spent there because it was all so interesting. Thanks for the guide!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 يناير 2020
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Milagros L
برشلونة, إسبانيا704 مساهمات
‪Imserso‬
زوجان • نوفمبر 2019
‪Muy,muy,bien, la guía, sensacional, unas explicaciones, ayudadas por un audio, que te hace entrar ganas de conocer sus obras, un hombre super romántico , enamorado, esta es la sensación que ha dado, he salido con un buen sabor de boca, y habiendo tomado el cafe Portugués ‬
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Antonio
مساهمة
‪Visita a la casa de J. Saramago‬
زوجان • أكتوبر 2019
‪Encantador recorrido por una parte de la vida de jose Saramago. Guia encantador combinado con audioguia.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 نوفمبر 2019
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