January 21, 2013

Another Portuguese Love Story and more Valentine's Day Cards

Hello Zazzlers and friends!

Yesterday I brought you a Portuguese Medieval Love Story about Pedro and Inês. As promised, here's my second post with a new Portuguese Love Story and a couple of Valentine's Day Greeting Cards from Zazzle. Today I bring to you a contemporary love story.

Maybe you have already seen or heard about"José and Pilar," a documentary made by Portuguese director Miguel Gonçalves Mendes. Anyone can watch this movie even if never read a book from Saramago or heard about him. What you will get is a moving love story between a man and a woman bound by art, how they met, fell in love and how they worked as a team in life and literature with incredible success. You will see how their love story outfits time and space. Pilar is the lively person, José's more introspective. She's Spanish, he's Portuguese. She's a journalist, a feminist, a determined woman. He's a writer, a big one, born in a village in Portugal to a family that couldn't afford to send him to school after the fourth year (Elementary School).

José is José Saramago, our Nobel Laureate novelist. He loved words as much as he loved Pilar."If I died at 63 before I meet Pilar, I would die a lot older then I am right now.", he said. There are 28 years of difference between them but Pilar, younger than him, was just the support this older man needed. José and Pilar - do you know that the word "pilar" in Portuguese means support for a structure? That's it, Pilar was his right arm in many ways.

I met Saramago once at a book signing ceremony and conference, we exchange just a few words. I still remember our handshake and his smile. I don't think he enjoyed being a public figure. He was forced to face that and Pilar helped him. Saramago was a communist and an atheist and not everyone in Portugal accepts that profile combination very well. Also, he wasn't an easy person, he was controversial. He moved to Spain after some incidents with the Portuguese Government and many did not forgive him. José and Pilar met in Lisbon at four in the afternoon, in the cafeteria of Hotel Mundial. She has been impressed by the book he had written called The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. So she came to Lisbon to interview him. And that's how their love story started. After the death of the writer on 18th June 2010, she chose to live in Lisbon and open the house and library they both built in Lanzarote, on the Canary Islands, to public visits. Now she's a Portuguese national and dedicates her time to fulfilling her late husband's wish for promoting the José Saramago Foundation.

Check also some street art inspired by José and Pilar movie at Flickr.

Loving You red Card
Loving You red Card by floatinglemonstype
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Hedgehog Love GreetingCard
Hedgehog Love GreetingCard by mairim_art
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PB&J Compatibility Greeting Card
PB&J Compatibility Greeting Card by nyxxie
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Electric Love Card
Electric Love Card by PurpleAndSparkle
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Tree Hugger - Greeting Card
Tree Hugger - Greeting Card by DudaDaze
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Heart Monster Valentine Greeting Card
Zombie Love Card
Read My Lips Valentines Day Card
Read My Lips Valentines Day Card by cards_julie
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Bee mine cards
Bee mine cards by Ricaso_Greetings
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Heart's Content - Valentine Greetings Greeting Cards
Heart's Content - Valentine Greetings Greeting Cards by DudaDaze
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Sock it to Ya Valentine Greetings Cards
Romantic RAWR T-rex Dinosaur Greeting Cards
Romantic RAWR T-rex Dinosaur Greeting Cards by partymonster
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X-ray Valentine's Card
X-ray Valentine's Card by UrbanAllyance
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Sock Monkey Love Heart Card
Sock Monkey Love Heart Card by sockmonkeys
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Valentine's Day Elephants Cards
Valentine's Day Elephants Cards by lesrubadesigns
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Whale love cards
Whale love cards by fantasian_angel
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Retro Robot - You've Downloaded My Heart ... Card
Retro Robot - You've Downloaded My Heart ... Card by spacedust
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Squirrel and heart balloons card
Squirrel and heart balloons card by vintageprintstore
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Grumpy Cat Sue blue Sulky Valentine's Card
Grumpy Cat Sue blue Sulky Valentine's Card by floatinglemonsevents
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Lovely Strawberry Cards

Egg Hearts Card
Egg Hearts Card by LCBrooks
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Love Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day Pug greeting card
Happy Valentine's Day Pug greeting card by ritmoboxer
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Valentine Rose Shar-Pei Greeting Cards
Valentine Rose Shar-Pei Greeting Cards by DogsInk
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Modern Love Greeting Cards
Modern Love Greeting Cards by OutFrontProductions
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Kitty heart-ginger ver-card
Kitty heart-ginger ver-card by Easelnut
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Chocolate Heart Valentine's Day Card
Chocolate Heart Valentine's Day Card by GrafixMom
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Valentine's Day Greeting Card
Valentine's Day Greeting Card by HmongStuff
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  1. Thank you. And thanks for letting me know. :)

  2. A nice collection of varied Funny romantic cards. thanks for including one of mine.

  3. Thanks for promoting my card. What a cute blog!


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