"Elite" by Dulce Maria Cardoso at the Loulé library

"Elite" by Dulce Maria Cardoso at the Loulé library

The “Open Books” section is back at the Municipal Library Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, in Loulé, on the 25th of November, at 7:30 pm, with the presentation of “Eliete”, by Dulce Maria Cardoso. Sandra Boto, professor and assistant researcher at CIAC / Universidade do Algarve, will lead the session.

Finalist of the prestigious Oceanos Award in 2019, “Eliete” is a novel built around the homonymous protagonist, and it is her world that Dulce Maria Cardoso presents to readers. Being in the middle of life is like being in the middle of a suspension bridge, any breeze in the balance. Eliete's life is halfway through and, as if that were not enough, a gale is approaching. But this is still the time that will be remembered as containing in itself, recognizable, unstoppable, change. Although nobody can handle it. Because everything looks normal. God is absent or in clandestine jobs. From time to time, the Fatherland wakes up in festive eruptions, but it is diluted there. And the family?

This presentation is intended for the general public but, due to the recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health, the number of participants is limited.

The session is held within the scope of the readings of the Loulé Reading Club and will have a book stand by the Papelnet bookstore.

Dulce Maria Cardoso was born in Trás-os-Montes, in 1964. She published the novels “Eliete” (2018), “O Retorno” (2011, Special Critic's Prize; Book of the Year for Público and Expresso newspapers), “O Chão dos Pardais ”(2009, Prémio PEN Clube Português and Prémio Ciranda),“ Os Meus Sentimentos ”(2005, European Union Prize for Literature) and“ Campo de Sangue ”(2001, Prémio Acontece; written following the award of a scholarship of Literary Creation by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture).

His books are translated into several languages ​​and published in more than two dozen countries. The English translation of “O Retorno” received, in 2016, the English PEN Translate Award. The anthology “Tudo São Histórias de Amor” (2013) brings together most of the stories published in magazines and newspapers. Some of these texts are part of foreign anthologies, and the short story “Angels inside” was chosen for the anthology Best European Fiction 2012, published by the prestigious Dalkey Archive Press. He also published the book “Rosas” (2017) and the children's stories of “Lôá, the girl-God” (2014). Dulce Maria Cardoso's work is studied at universities in several countries and has been the subject of adaptations to cinema and theater. In 2012, she received from the French State the decoration of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.


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