By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues
Two Portuguese novelists and eight Brazilians are battling it out for the 2011 Portugal Telecom Prize, honoring the best novel written in Portuguese and released in Brazil. The winner takes home a generous R$100,000 (US$59,000), the runner-up receives R$35,000 and the third place winner receives R$15,000.
The shortlisted authors are Gonçalo M. Tavares and João Tordo of Portural, and João Almino, Marina Colasanti, Elvira Vigna, Rubens Figueiredo, José Castello, Donizete Galvão, Ricardo Aleixo and Alberto Martins, all of Brazil.
Some of these authors have won, or were at least were shortlisted this year, for many of the top national prizes. João Almino has just won the Zaffari & Bourbon Literary Award, Rubens Figueiredo took home the São Paulo Literary Award, and Elvira won Machado de Assis Prize in the fiction category.
In Portugal, João Tordo and Gonçalo M. Tavares are among the five authors shortlisted for Fernando Namora Prize. Earlier this year, Gonçalo won the Portuguese Association for Portuguese Writers and Ministry of Culture award. He is the only author on the list to previous with the Portugal Telecom, taking the prize in 2007 for Jerusalem.
The list of shortlisted titles is as follows:
- Em trânsito by Alberto Martins (Companhia das Letras)
- O homem inacabado by Donizete Galvão (Portal da Literatura)
- Nada a dizer by Elvira Vigna (Companhia das Letras)
- Uma viagem à Índia by Gonçalo M. Tavares (LeYa)
- Cidade livre by João Almino (Record)
- As três vidas by João Tordo (Língua Geral)
- Ribamar by José Castello (Bertrand)
- Minha guerra alheia by Marina Colasanti (Record)
- Modelos vivos by Ricardo Aleixo (Crisálida)
- Passageiro do fim do dia by Rubens Figueiredo (Companhia das Letras)