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Gonçalo M. Tavares
The Portuguese writer Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda in 1970 and grew up in Portugal. Beside his work as writer, he teaches Theory of Science at a university in Lisbon. Tavares has surprised his readers with the variety of books he has published since 2001 and has been awarded an impressive amount of literary prizes in a very short time. In 2005 he won the José Saramago Prize for young writers under 35. In his speech at the award ceremony, Saramago commented: Jerusalém is a great book, and truly deserves a place among the great works of Western literature. Gonçalo M. Tavares has no right to be writing so well at the age of 35. One feels like punching him! Jerusalém was also awarded the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa 2007.
Tavares’ work has been published in the USA by Dalkey Archive and in France by Hamy, as well as, among others, in Brazil, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Spain. In Germany, Jerusalem will be launched by the publishing house DVA/Random House in 2011
Recently, his novel Aprender a rezar na Era de Técnica has received the prestigious Prize of the Best Foreign Book 2010 in France. This award has already been given to authors like Gabriel García Márquez, Elias Canetti, John Updike, Mario Vargas Llosa or António Lobo Antunes. This novel was also shortlisted for the renowned French literary awards Femina Étranger Prize and Médicis Prize. Site Mertin-Litag (english)