Afonso Reis Cabral (Lisbon, 1990) won this year’s Prémio LeYa (endowed with 100,000 EUR) for his novel O Meu Irmão [My Brother]. It treats the relationship between two brothers, one of them with Down syndrome. The jury noted that this relationship is not presented in a vulgar or sentimental way, but “… the reality is crafted objectively and with the violence that these human relationships can develop, also giving a social portrait that avoids easy decision making, requiring an investment in a reading that confronts us with the difficulty of a heartless world.” All this in a lyrical tone with touches of poetry and humor.
Reis Cabral is the great-great grandson of the writer José Maria de Eça de Queiroz (1845-1900), author of Os Maias [The Mayans], whose film version has hit Portuguese cinemas recently. He grew up in Porto and studied Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at Univesidade Nova in Lisbon. In 2005 Reis Cabral published Condensação [Condensation], a collection of poems written between the ages of 10 and 15. He has written since age 9, began with poetry and later experimented with prose. In 2008 he ended 8th in the 7th European Student Competition in Ancient Greek Language and Literature among 3532 participants from 551 European and Mexican schools, he the only Portuguese to participate… Between 2006 and 2012 he co-wrote this blog. Currently he works as editorial coordinator at the publishing house Aletheia Editores (blog).
SOURCE: Público, Oct. 17, 2014