A jury made up of Cândido Oliveira Martins, Carlos Albino Guerreiro and Paula Mendes Coelho unanimously decided to award the Grand Prize for Chronic Literature and Literary Dispersed Portuguese Association of Writers / Câmara Municipal de Loulé to the book “What I heard in the barrel of apples ”, By Mário de Carvalho (Porto Editora).
The minutes can read: «Mário de Carvalho's book -“ What I heard in the barrel of apples ”- stands out from the set of works presented to the competition for its full conjunction with the characteristic line of the genre of chronicle in the Portuguese literary tradition. Other works in competition are also of great merit but are outside the regulatory parameters of the prize or outside the characteristics of the genres under consideration. "
The Grand Prize for Chronicles and Literary Dispersions, instituted by the Portuguese Writers Association with the sponsorship of the Municipality of Loulé, is designed to annually award a work in Portuguese, by Portuguese author, published in book and in first edition in Portugal, in year 2019. In the present edition, the monetary value of this award for the distinguished author is € 12,000.00 (twelve thousand euros).
The award ceremony will be announced in due course.
The Grand Prize of Chronicles and Literary Disperses, which was born from a protocol celebrated by the two entities in 2016, has already distinguished the authors José Tolentino Mendonça, Rui Cardoso Martins, Mário Cláudio and Pedro Mexia.
Mário de Carvalho was born in Lisbon in 1944. He graduated in Law and saw his military service interrupted by prison. From an early age linked to the means of resistance against Salazarism, he was sentenced to two years in prison, having to go into exile after serving most of his sentence. After the Carnation Revolution, in which he was intensely involved, he practiced law in Lisbon. His first book, “Tales of the Seventh Sphere”, surprised the unexpected of the fictional approach and the peculiar atmosphere, between the wonderful and the fantastic.
Since then, he has practiced several literary genres – Romance, Novel, Short Story, Essay and Theater -, covering various eras and environments, always in successive editions. It uses a multiform change of registers, which can shape both a historical narrative and a current novel; a sad and somber theme like a living and accurate satire; a rhythmic and measured writing like the pulse of an impish and surprising prose.
In the various modalities of Romance, Tale and Theater, Mário de Carvalho was awarded the most prestigious Portuguese literary prizes (namely the APE Grand Prizes for Romance, Tale and Theater, the Pen Club prize and the international Pegasus prize). His books are translated into several languages. Works such as “Os Alferes”, “The Unheard War of Avenida Gago Coutinho”, “A God Strolling along the Brisa da Tarde”, “O Varandim followed by Ocaso em Carvangel”, “A Liberdade de Pátio” or “Ronda das Mil Belas em Frol ”are proof of this extreme versatility.