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Writer Yara Monteiro nominated for the Dublin Literary Prize

Two Portuguese-speaking writers are among the 70 nominated for the Dublin International Literary Prize 2023, the Portuguese of Angolan origin Yara Monteiro, with “Essa dama bate bué”, and the Brazilian Luiz Ruffato, with “O Verão tardio”.


The official page of the literary prize released this Monday the long list of candidates for the award worth 100 thousand euros, chosen by 84 libraries around the world, which include authors from 31 countries.

Nominees include 29 translated novels originally published in Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Finnish, Russian, French, Croatian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Hindi, Korean, Slovenian, Icelandic and Japanese.

One of the works originally published in Portuguese is "Essa dama bate bué", by Yara Nakahanda Monteiro, translated into English by Sandra Tamele, with the title "Loose Ties".

Published in Portugal in 2018 by Guerra & Paz, this is a story of self-discovery, between satire and tragedy, abandonment and rupture, about a woman born in Angola, but raised by her grandparents in Portugal, who, a few months before her wedding he flees to his home country in search of his mother and his own identity, including his sexual identity.

The other Portuguese language novel, "O Verão tardio", by Luiz Ruffato, was translated into "Late Summer", by Julia Sanches, and is not published in Portugal.

It is a narrative about a man and his attempts to reconnect the threads of the past, a journey to the limits of a divided Brazil, in which dialogue no longer seems possible.

The author has other books published in Portugal, such as "Eles eram muitos cavalos" and "De mim já nem se lembra", in Tinta-da-China, and "Estive em Lisboa e lembrei-me de ti", by Quetzal.

The list of nominees also includes authors such as Karl Ove Knausgard and his novel "The Morning Star", Hervé Le Tellier, with "The Anomaly", Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, with "Grande Hotel Europa", Amor Towels, with "Lincoln Highway ", and Elif Shafak, with "The Island of the Missing Trees".

Among the nominees are other titles such as "Little Things Like These", by Claire Keegan, "Sea of Tranquility", by Emily St. John Mandel, "Encruzilhadas", by Jonathan Franzen, and "Paradais" by Fernanda Melchor, a Mexican author whose previous novel, "Hurricane season", was a finalist for this prize and which has been published in Portugal since last week.

The Dublin Literary Prize is organized by the municipality of the capital of Ireland and managed by the public libraries of the city, with a monetary value of 100 thousand euros, to be delivered in full to the author of the winning work, if it is written in English, or, in the case of translation, to be divided between the writer and translator, in the amounts of 75 thousand euros and 25 thousand euros, respectively.

The list of finalists for the Dublin International Literary Prize 2023 will be known on March 28th and the winner will be revealed on May 25th.

The novel "The art of loosing", by French author Alice Zeniter, was the winner of the 2022 Dublin Literary Prize.

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