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Portugal -Lídia Jorge

Lídia Jorge was born in Boliqueime, southern Portugal, in 1946. She studied French Literature in Lisbon and spent some years teaching in Angola and Mozambique, during the independence struggle. She now lives in Lisbon. Her first two novels placed her in the avant-garde of contemporary Portuguese literature and since then she has received numerous prestigious awards for her work. In 2013, Lídia Jorge was honoured as one of the “10 greatest literary voices” by the renowned French Magazine Littéraire, and in 2014, she was awarded the Premio Luso-Español de Arte y Cultura. She has been awarded the Vergílio Ferreira Award 2015 for her body of work.

The International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara has granted the renowned FIL Prize in Romance Languages 2020 to Lídia Jorge “because of the magnitude of her work, which portrays the way in which human beings face the great events of history”. The jury also highlighted Jorge’s literary career, “marked by originality and independence of judgement”. The prize honors the author’s lifetime achievement and consists of 150,000 U$. In September 2021, Lídia Jorge took up a professorship at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Two of Lídia Jorge’s book have been published in China to date: “Os Memoráveis” (“Those We Shall Remember”) by Haitian Publishing House and “A Costa dos Murmúrios” (The Murmuring Coast) by Horizon Media Company.

Book Cover of Os Memoráveis


Book Cover of A Costa dos Murmúrios


Writing Sample: A Costa dos Murmúrios

Interview with Lídia Jorge