Magazine article World Literature Today

MIA COUTO: Laureate of the 2014 Neustadt Prize

Magazine article World Literature Today

MIA COUTO: Laureate of the 2014 Neustadt Prize

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One of the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa, Mia Couto was born in 1955 in Beira, Mozambique. Couto studied medicine and biology in Maputo and began his literary career during the struggle for Mozambique's independence.

The first Mozambican author to be nominated for and to win the Neustadt Prize, Couto has also received many other literary prizes, including the Prémio Vergilio Ferreira (1999), the Prémio Uniäo Latina de Literaturas Románicas (2007), and the Camöes Prize for Literature (2013), a prestigious award given to Portuguese-language writers. In 1998 he was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, the first African writer to receive this honor, and in 2003 he was decorated with the Order of St. James of the Sword in Portugal and the Order of Rio Branco in Brazil. …

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