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Angolan author among the finalists of the Glória de Sant’Anna Award

An Angolan and seven Portuguese are the finalists of the 10th Glória de Sant’Anna Literary Prize, which distinguishes “the author of the best poetry book”, was released this Thursday.


The finalist works are "Memórias Aparições Arritmias", by Yara Nakahanda Monteiro, "Historiografia da Analepse", by André Pinto Teixeira, "Atenção ao Intervalo Entre o Caos e o Comboio", by Alexandre Borges, "Elogio da Tristeza", by Daniel Gonçalves, "Não fosse o Tumulto de um Corpo", by António Canteiro (pseudonym of João Carlos Costa da Cruz), "Palavras são imagens são palavras", by Sérgio Godinho, "A Estrada Menos Viajada", by Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, and "Uma Casa no Outro Lado do Mundo", by Victor Oliveira Mateus, according to a statement from the organization, sent to the Lusa agency.

The winner of the prize, worth 3000 euros - which also includes an original engraving of a portrait of Glória de Sant'Anna by Rui Pais -, will be announced on the 12th of May, but the "Prize delivery ceremony, which was scheduled for the 28th of May, it will not take place for reasons still linked to the pandemic".

The jury for this year's edition is made up of Ana Paula Tavares, writer, Andrea Pais, goldsmith, and Jacinto Guimarães, from the Válega Cultural Action Group, which organizes the Prize in collaboration with the children of the poet Glória de Sant'Anna, the writer Jane Tutikian and literary critic Xosé Manuel Eyré Val.

Glória de Sant'Anna made her debut as a writer in 1951, with "Distâncis", having published ten other titles. The poet died in June 2009, in Válega, aged 84.

In 2010, "Gritoacanto" was published, which brings together her poetry written between 1970 and 1974.

Glória de Sant'Anna has also published three books of short stories and two novels.

Last year, the winner of the prize was Paula Jardim with the book "Roupão Azul", which "surprises, not as a first book of poetry, but as an indisputable work with its own weight and a new vision, served by a firm language, safe, masterfully linked to a ruthless prospection of human relationships", according to Otília Martins, from the University of Aveiro, who was part of the jury, noting that the author "will certainly be a name to remember".

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