ESTORIL SOL AWARDS
The 9th edition of this prize was given to José Pacheco Pereira.
Established by Estoril Sol, the 9th edition of the Vasco Graça Moura - Cultural Citizenship Award, was given to José Pacheco Pereira. The panel acknowledged that "his life's journey" epitomizes an unmistakable model of cultural citizenship.
The panel, chaired by Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, resolved to resolved to award this sought-after prize to José Pacheco Pereira, “in recognition of his life's work dedicated to advocating for the public interest, particularly in terms of historical knowledge and the conservation of cultural heritage, through the establishment of the Ephemera Library and Archive, which has facilitated the collection of unique documents and items, crucial for a deeper understanding of the events in Portuguese political history”.
José Álvaro Machado Pacheco Pereira, was born on 6 January 1949, in Porto. He is a historian, university professor, and Portuguese political commentator. He graduated in Philosophy in 1978 from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto. He also completed a supplementary course in Educational Sciences.
From a young age, he was an active participant in political movements opposing the previous regime. He has taught at various levels of education. He systematically collected, classified, organized, and studied documentation on Portuguese political life. He has published over a dozen books on History and Politics. He regularly contributes to print media, radio, and television.
Teresa Veiga (literary pseudonym) was born in Lisbon where she lives. She graduated in Law in 1968 and in Romance Philology in 1980, having worked as a registrar of the Civil Registry between 1975 and 1983, in several locations in Alentejo and Algarve, where she lived for several years. She was also a teacher and signed eight books, among volumes of short stories, novels and novellas.
In a short time, Teresa Veiga conquered the specialized critics, who highlighted her "remarkable narrative domain". She was, in the meantime, distinguished with several literary prizes, namely, as a short story writer, a modality in which she achieved remarkable notoriety.
In its minutes, the Jury found in the winning novel "O senhor d`Além" a "clear and luminous writing" that gives us "a captivating story of people simultaneously common and singular. The author's stylistic sobriety, exemplary as a way of understanding artistic writing, structures a novel whose readability calls the reader to participate in the narrative that is being read. Whether for the remarkable ability to observe and describe, the quiet inventiveness, or the admirable economy of the narrative.
For the Jury, "O Senhor d'Além" is "a novel that is a compliment to the art of good writing. To point out its importance in current Portuguese literature is, therefore, to validate its intrinsic value.
Teresa Veiga says that "when I started writing "O Senhor d`Além" I still didn't have a defined plan, but I already knew that it would develop around two fundamental points: the discovery by someone of a place in the Algarve that I had known and loved for a long time, and a certain house, a roadside interview, which for some reason awoke a particular resonance in me.
"And so it was, around this house and that man, that the story was built, characters and situations arising almost as an inevitability."
"One could call this book "The House of Palm Trees" and it would also be a fitting title. After all it is the house and the gentleman d`Além that open the book and determine its outcome."
"It was a book written with special pleasure because it obeyed a very strong motivation".
It should be remembered that Teresa Veiga is the only Portuguese writer to have been awarded the Camilo Castelo Branco Short Story Grand Prize three times until 2020. Despite the awards and the consecration of her quality work, the writer is reserved and averse to public interventions and does not usually grant interviews. It is even known that she has been to one of her book launches, but without the public knowing who it was about.
She is considered, therefore, a "mysterious" author who arouses the curiosity of readers interested in knowing more about the fictionist's profile.
Teresa Veiga published her first book in 1981 - "Jacobo e Outras Histórias" - and was soon noted for the exceptional nature of her writing.
The Jury also highlighted other competing novels, and the works by José Luís Peixoto, "Sunday Lunch"; by José Gardeazabal, "Quarentena Uma História de Amor"; by Hugo Gonçalves, "Deus Pátria Família"; by Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, "Maremoto"; and by Amadeu Lopes Sabino, "Tempo de Fuga", were among the finalists voted.
"Aqui onde canto e ardo" is the 2023 winner of the Agustina-Bessa Luís revelation literary prize.
Francisco Mota Saraiva won the Agustina Bessa Luís Revelation Literary Prize 2023 for his novel “Aqui Onde Canto e Ardo” (Here where I sing and burn). The prize includes a cash award of 10,000 euros and guarantees publication by Editorial Gradiva, in partnership with Estoril Sol since 2008, the year the competition was initiated in honor of the writer.
The panel, chaired by Guilherme D`Oliveira Martins, described the novel as a family saga set across three continents: Asia (India), Africa (Mozambique), and Europe (Portugal), intertwined with the 20th-century Portuguese history. The novel portrays the diverse experiences of these worlds through the memories of some of the family’s main characters. It touches on themes of violence, pain and the anguishes of power in all its forms.
The jury also highlighted “the novel's rich vocabulary and its references to Western literary culture, which give the piece stylistic maturity and significant literary depth”.
IN A SOLEMN CEREMONY, ON NOVEMBER 23, THE MINISTER OF CULTURE, PEDRO ADÃO E SILVA, HANDED OUT THE FERNANDO NAMORA AND AGUSTINA BESSA-LUIS LITERARY AWARDS, ESTABLISHED BY ESTORIL SOL, FOR 2021.
The Jury decided to attribute the Fernando Namora Literary Award, with a pecuniary value of 15 thousand euros, to the writer João Tordo for his novel "Felicidade".
In the minutes, it was recorded that "Felicidade" "is a novel of emotional and affective formation of a man who is a narrator, although without a name that identifies him throughout the book. The drama of loneliness of the narrator and novel's protagonist assumes great intensity and power to involve the reader. Also the gear is set on a precise but creative plane of realization. The names of the three female figures, Felicidade, Esperança, and Angélica, project a symbolism that expands the imaginative process itself."
In turn, regarding the Agustina Bessa-Luís Literary Revelation Award, with the value of 10 thousand euros, the Jury distinguished the journalist Catarina Gomes with the original work "Terrinhas".
In choosing "Terrinhas", the jury considered it "a novel that, from the point of view of a typically urban woman, confronts the rural and urban worlds. The memory of her parents, who almost religiously go to the land to bring potatoes, which invade the kitchen and the narrator's imagination, provides the ironic and, at times, even hilarious vision with which she evaluates her childhood and faces the pains and dramas of adulthood. The joy and touching tenderness in the assessment of life and death, associated with a fluid and elegant writing, give this novel an undeniable literary scope, which should be valued and divulged.
Finally, in the Vasco Graça Moura - Cultural Citizenship Award, the Jury decided to distinguish the editor Zeferino Coelho, praising the "action developed, for more than fifty years, as an editor and active promoter of the Portuguese language literature and culture in the world".
The Jury's minutes state that Zeferino Coelho "began his work as an editor in 1969 at Editorial Inova, where he remained until 1971, having joined Editorial Caminho in 1977. He was José Saramago's editor from the novel Levantado do Chão and all the other books published by the Portuguese Literature Nobel Prize winner until his death. He was also the editor of eight winners of the Camões Award, the most important in our language - in chronological order: José Craveirinha, Saramago himself, Sophia de Mello Breyner, Luandino Vieira, Arménio Vieira, Mia Couto, Germano Almeida and Paulina Chiziane. This group of authors published by Zeferino Coelho, among many others, shows the importance of the award winner's cultural intervention, especially regarding the national and international diffusion of Portuguese language literature".