Mozambican writer Paulina Chiziane wins Camões Prize


Photo: Supplied. Paulina Chiziane


Mozambican writer Paulina Chiziane is the winner of the Camões Prize 2021, in a choice made unanimously, Portuguese Culture Minister Graça Fonseca announced.


“The jury unanimously decided to award the prize to Mozambican writer Paulina Chiziane, highlighting her vast production and critical reception, as well as the academic and institutional recognition of her work”.


The jury also mentioned the importance that she dedicates in her books to the problems of Mozambican and African women. The jury underlined her recent work in reaching out to young people, namely in building bridges between literature and other arts.


Paulina Chiziane “has been translated in many countries and is today one of the best-known voices in African fiction, having received several prizes and decorations”.


Paulina Chiziane was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique, in 1955. She studied linguistics in Maputo. She currently lives and works in Zambezia.

Fiction writer, she has published several short stories in the press.

She published her first novel, “Balada de Amor ao Vento” (1990), after the country’s independence, which is also the first novel by a Mozambican woman.


” Ventos do Apocalipse”, finished in 1991, was published in Maputo, in 1993, by the author and was published in Portugal, by Caminho, in 1999, preceding the publication of “Balada de Amor ao Vento”, in Portugal, by the same publisher, in 2003.


Caminho also has other titles by the author published in Portugal: “Sétimo Juramento” (2000), “Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia” (2002), “O Alegre Canto da Perdiz” (2008).

Her work also includes “As Andorinhas” (2009), “Na mão de Deus” and “Por Quem Vibram os Tambores do Além” (2013), “Ngoma Yethu: O curandeiro e o Novo Testamento” (2015), “O Canto dos Escravos” (2017), “O Curandeiro e o Novo Testamento” (2018).


The jury for the 33rd edition of the Camões Prize was made up of university professors Ana Martinho and Carlos Mendes de Sousa (Portugal), writer and researcher Jorge Alves de Lima and university professor Raul César Fernandes (Brazil), and writers Tony Tcheka (Guinea-Bissau) and Teresa Manjate (Mozambique).


In Brazil, only the work “Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia” has been published.

The Camões Award for literature in Portuguese language was established by Portugal and Brazil, with the purpose of distinguishing an author “whose work contributes to the projection and recognition of the literary and cultural heritage of the common language”.


According to the text of the constituent protocol, signed in Brasilia on 22 June 1988 and published in November of the same year, the award annually honours “a Portuguese-speaking author who, by the intrinsic value of his work, has contributed to the enrichment of the literary and cultural heritage of the common language”.


It was first awarded in 1989 to the writer Miguel Torga.


In 2019, the prize distinguished the Brazilian musician and writer Chico Buarque, author of “Leite Derramado” and “Budapeste”, among other works; in 2020, the Portuguese professor and essayist Vitor Aguiar e Silva


The Camões Prize was awarded to Mozambican writers twice before Paulina Chiziane: José Craveirinha (1991) and Mia Couto (2013).

Camões Prize for Literature

1989 Miguel Torga

1990 João Cabral de Melo Neto

1991 José Craveirinha

1992 Vergílio Ferreira

1993 Rachel de Queiroz

1994 Jorge Amado

1995 José Saramago

1996 Eduardo Lourenço

1997 “Pepetela”-Artur Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos

1998 António Cândido de Mello e Sousa

1999 Sophia de Mello Breyner

2000 Autran Dourado

2001 Eugénio de Andrade

2002 Maria Velho da Costa

2003 Rubem Fonseca

2004 Agustina Bessa-Luís

2005 Lygia Fagundes Telles

2006 José Luandino Vieira – refused

2007 António Lobo Antunes

2008 João Ubaldo Ribeiro

2009 Arménio Vieira

2010 Ferreira Gullar

2011 Manuel António Pina

2012 Dalton Trevisan

2013 Mia Couto

2014 Alberto da Costa e Silva

2015 Hélia Correia

2016 Raduan Nassar

2017 Manuel Alegre

2018 Germano Almeida

2019 Chico Buarque

2020 Vítor Manuel de Aguiar e Silva

Source: Lusa / Biblioteca Nacional Brasil

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