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Portuguese Writer José Luis Peixoto to visit Pakistan this February


Islamabad, 19 February 2024 (TDI): José Luis Peixoto, from Portugal, acclaimed author and poet is coming to Pakistan, this February 2024.

With the initiative of the Embassy of Portugal in Islamabad, and the support of the Portuguese Institute Camões, José Luis Peixoto will participate in the Literary Festival of Lahore 2024, taking place this month from Friday 23rd till Sunday 25th.

In Islamabad, the author will be participating in University events with students and professors, and interacting with Pakistani writers, journalists, and culture-related figures.

José Luis Peixoto (born in 1974 in Alentejo, south of Portugal) is one of Portugal’s most renowned contemporary authors, winner of the José Saramago Literary Award, amongst others, and his prose and poetry books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

At the Lahore Literary Festival 2024, the author will engage in several thematic discussion panels and will showcase his views on literature, life, his literary career, and literature in Portuguese language-speaking countries (9 countries in 4 continents).

José Luis Peixoto

José Luis Peixoto was born in a small village from the south interior of Portugal, in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. He finished a degree on Modern Languages and Literature in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He was a teacher for some years in Portugal and in Cabo Verde before becoming a professional writer in 2001.

Peixoto has garnered numerous accolades for his work, including the Best Translation Award in Japan 2019 for “Galveias,” which also earned him the Prémio Oceanos in 2016 for the best novel across Portuguese-speaking countries.

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His novel “Livro” received the Prémio Libro d’Europa in 2013 for the best novel in Europe published in 2012.

Additionally, his poetry collection “A Criança em Ruínas” won the Prémio da Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores in 2013, while “Gaveta de Papéis” earned him the Prémio de Poesia Daniel Faria in 2008.

“Cemitério de Pianos” was awarded the Prémio Cálamo in 2007, and “Nenhum Olhar” clinched the Prémio Literário José Saramago in 2001.

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