The literary assets belonging to the Nobel prize winner writer José Saramago are now at the National Library of Portugal.

The author’s widow, Pilar del Río, and the daughter, Violante Saramago Matos, signed a protocol which makes it official the submission of all documentation — manuscripts, originals, photos, correspondence, agendas — to the Archive of Contemporary Portuguese Culture, National Library of Portugal.

“Who would like this?”, Pilar del Río confided to the Portuguese national newspaper Diário de Notícias. “It’s like imagining you’re emptying your father or mother’s house, but this is not furniture, it is the work. It is pure spirit, pure blood,” she added.

When the author was alive, he had already given to the National Library of Portugal the Nobel prize diploma, as well as the original of the work O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis (The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, in English).