Kuns van die liefde
José Saramago, in “Os Poemas Possíveis”
“Plaas twee mense baie na aan mekaar,
hulle sal mekaar altyd teengaan;
daar word maar altyd gesweet
(dit is wat die ou gesegde sê):
sonder dit sou die lewe sonder stryd wees,
en die liefde nie liefde nie.
Arte de Amar
Metidos nesta pele que nos refuta,
Plaas in hierdie vel Wat in weerlê, word
Dois somos, o mesmo que inimigos.
Grande coisa, afinal, é o suor
(Assim já o diziam os antigos):
Sem ele, a vida não seria luta,
Nem o amor amor.
José de Sousa Saramago, GColSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom has described Saramago as “a permanent part of the Western canon”.
Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. More than two million copies of his books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages.