Galician Rosalía de Castro and Camilo José Cela both chose to be buried in Iria Flavia cemetery, which is a few meters away from a hundred-year-old olive tree.
José Saramago chose to place his ashes on a centenary olive tree that existed in solitude in his hometown.
The Nobel Prize winner Cela, who treated death as a “vulgarity,” would say in a burlesque tone, “dust you are and in dust you bloom.”
Rosalía de Castro.
Rosalía de Castro was a Spanish poet and novelist who wrote both in Galician and Spanish. She belongs to the great poets of Spanish literature of the nineteenth century, and is considered to be the forerunner of modern Spanish poetry.
Camilo José Cela.
Camilo José Cela y Trulock was a Spanish writer, prolific author and representative of post-war literature. He worked as a novelist, a journalist, an essayist, an editor of literary magazines and as a lecturer. He was an academic at the Royal Spanish Academy and was awarded, among other things: el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras in 1987, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989 and the Cervantes Prize in 1995.
José de Sousa Saramago was a Portuguese writer, novelist, poet, journalist and dramatist. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy stressed his ability to “make understandable a fugitive reality, with parables supported by imagination, compassion and irony.”