That would be Jose Saramago, one of my favourite authors.
He was born in Portugal in 1922 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. His work has a mysticism tied in with a deep respect for the rights of the individual. Not beach reading, by any means. His sentences are long and complex. His heroes and locations are often unnamed, giving his books a dream-like quality.
If you're only going to read one of his books, make it The Cave.