Pilar del Río

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Pilar del Río
Pilar del Río en Lanzarote.jpg
Pilar del Río at the José Saramago Foundation library, in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
María del Pilar del Río Sánchez

(1950-03-15) March 15, 1950 (age 69)[1]
ResidenceLisbon, Portugal
Spouse(s)José Saramago (m. 1988-2010, his death)

María del Pilar del Río Sánchez (born March 15, 1950) is a Spanish journalist, writer and translator, president of José Saramago Foundation.[1]


Pilar del Río was born in Sevilla in 1950, to Antonio and Carmen, the eldest of fifteen children. She worked as a journalist at TVE and Sevilla's Canal Sur.[2]

In 1986, del Río met the Portuguese writer José Saramago after she read all his books translated to Spanish.[3] They got married two years later, in 1988, and decided to live in Lisbon, moving afterwards in 1993 to Lanzarote, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. She lived with José Saramago until his death, in 2010, also translating many of Saramago's works to Spanish. In 2010, after her husband's death, del Río acquired Portuguese citizenship.[4]

Pilar del Río is president of the José Saramago Foundation. In May 26, 2017 she was awarded the Luso-Spanish Arts and Culture Prize at the National Library of Spain.


  • Los andaluces (written with Juan Teba). Barcelona: Editorial Epidauro, 1979. ISBN 84-85309-06-5


Books by José Saramago which Del Río translated to Spanish:


  1. ^ "Up Magazine – TAP Portugal » Pilar del Río – Spanish". upmagazine-tap.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  2. ^ ""Es la única mujer que me ha hecho sentir la cuarta dimensión del amor"". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  3. ^ "Como descobre Saramago..."
  4. ^ Rego, Ricardo. "Pilar del Río: 'Não sou a viúva de Saramago'". Sol. sapo.pt. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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