The body of Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago has arrived in Lisbon for a funeral later today.
Saramago’s remains were flown from his home on the Spanish island of Lanzarote aboard a Portuguese air force transport plane accompanied by his widow and the country’s culture minister.
Portugal is to hold two days of mourning to honour the laureate.
Relations between the Portuguese government and the writer have not always been so respectful, Saramago left his homeland for Lanzarote in 1992 after a row with the government, which he accused of censorship.
The novelist died on Friday at the age of 87 his body will cremated at Lisbon’s Alto de Sao Joao cemetery at noon, his ashes will then be divided.
Half will be taken to his native village of Azinhaga the rest will be spread at the foot of an olive tree in the garden of his Lanzarote home, where he spent the last 17 years of his life.
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