Portugal does not seem to be as “congested” with literary prizes as neighboring Spain. This week, the Prémio Grémio Literário 2013 [Literary guild award] was awarded to the historian Maria de Fátima Bonfácio (*1948) for Um homem singular – Rodrigo da Fonseca Magalhães 1787-1858 [A singular man, a political biography of RdFM]. The prize is for works by Portuguese authors on 19th century topics, and it is endowed with 1,500 EUR plus a bronze statue made by José de Guimarães. The jury praised the book as an excellent political biography on one of the fundamental characters of mid-19th century Portugal.
Further bibliographical information on Maria de Fátima Bonfácio can be found in the Portuguese Wikipedia article.
Source: Público, April 23, 2014