Snippet: C. Castelo Branco Prize for Mário de Carvalho

Mário de Carvalho’s (Lisbon, 1944; WikipediaA Liberdade de Pátio [The courtyard freedom] was awarded with the Grande Prémio de Conto Camilo Castelo Branco. The cash prize of 7,500 EUR is given annually by the Portuguese writers’ association and the municipality of Famalicão (Wikipedia) for a work written in Portuguese by a Portuguese or African author. The jury described the work (seven short stories) as “an usual book, of an usual aesthetic quality” and praised its structure and the “glow of the author’s word”. (More on the author Camilo Castelo Branco can be found in the Wikipedia.)

De Carvalho’s homepage describes the prize-winning book as follows: “A man is charged with carrying a strange box containing a head. An exalted teacher finds himself condemned to spend the rest of his days in an indeed unusual prison. The story behind the internationalization of one of Portugal’s culinary wonders. Four retired teachers who fate brought together in a municipal park decide to unite their libraries. … [not able to translate] A Navy commander unable to accept a “No”. The memories of the sexual initiation of a young man, from a time when uncles were in charge of this task.”

De Carvalho was also the prize’s first laureate in 1991. The only work of his translated into English is A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening (1997).

SOURCE: Diário de Notícias, Oct. 2, 2014; Carvalho’s homepage


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