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Mia Couto

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Occupation  Biologist and writer
Role  Writer
Nationality  Mozambican
Spouse  Patricia Couto
Period  Post-Colonial Africa
Name  Mia Couto

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Born  Antonio Emilio Leite Couto 5 July 1955 (age 60) Beira, Portuguese Mozambique (1955-07-05)
Genre  Animist realism, historical fiction
Movies  The Last Flight of the Flamingo, Sleepwalking Land
Awards  Camoes Prize, Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Books  Sleepwalking Land, Confession of the Lioness, rio chamado tempo - u, The Tuner of Silences, Mar me quer
Similar People  Paulina Chiziane, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Pepetela, Jose Craveirinha, Teresa Prata

Children  Rita Couto, Maydo Dawany

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António Emílio Leite Couto (born 5 July 1955), better known as Mia Couto, is a Mozambican writer and the winner of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


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Early years

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Couto was born in the city of Beira, Mozambique's second largest city, where he was also raised and schooled. He is the son of Portuguese emigrants who moved to the Portuguese colony in the 1950s. When he was 14, some of his poetry was published in a local newspaper, Notícias da Beira. Three years later, in 1971, he moved to the capital Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) and began to study medicine at the University of Lourenço Marques. During this time, the anti-colonial guerrilla and political movement FRELIMO was struggling to overthrow the Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique.

After independence of Mozambique

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In April 1974, after the Carnation Revolution in Lisbon and the overthrow of the Estado Novo regime, Mozambique was about to become an independent republic. In 1974, FRELIMO asked Couto to suspend his studies for a year to work as a journalist for Tribuna until September 1975 and then as the director of the newly created Mozambique Information Agency (AIM). Later, he ran Tempo magazine until 1981. His first book of poems, Raiz de Orvalho, was published in 1983; it included texts aimed against the dominance of Marxist militant propaganda. Couto continued working for the newspaper Notícias until 1985 when he resigned to finish his course of study in biology.

Literary work

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Not only is Mia Couto considered one of the most important writers in Mozambique, but his works have been published in more than 20 countries and in various languages, including Portuguese, English, French, German, Czech, Italian, Serbian, Catalan and Estonian. In many of his texts, he undertakes to recreate the Portuguese language by infusing it with regional vocabulary and structures from Mozambique, thus producing a new model for the African narrative. Stylistically, his writing is influenced by magical realism, a movement popular in modern Latin American literatures, and his use of language is reminiscent of the Brazilian writer João Guimarães Rosa, but also deeply influenced by the baiano writer Jorge Amado. He has been noted for creating proverbs, sometimes known as "improverbs", in his fiction, as well as riddles, legends, metaphors, giving his work a poetic dimension

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An international jury at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair named his first novel, Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalking Land), one of the best 12 African books of the 20th century. In 2007, he became the first African author to win the prestigious Latin Union literary prize, which has been awarded annually in Italy since 1990. Mia Couto became only the fourth writer in the Portuguese language to take home this prestigious award, having competed against authors from Portugal, France, Colombia, Spain, Italy, and Senegal. Currently, he is a biologist employed by the Limpopo Transfrontier Park while continuing his work on other writing projects.

Awards and honours

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  • 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature
  • 2013 Camões Prize
  • 2007 Latin Union Prize
  • Books

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  • Raiz do Orvalho (poetry, 1983)
  • Vozes Anoitecidas (short stories, 1986). [Voices Made Night. Translated by David Brookshaw (1990) ISBN 0-435-90570-8]
  • Cada Homem É uma Raça (short stories, 1990) ISBN 972-21-0071-8
  • Cronicando (crônicas, 1991) ISBN 972-21-0585-X
  • Terra Sonâmbula (novel, 1992) ISBN 972-21-0790-9 [Sleepwalking Land. Translated by David Brookshaw (2006) ISBN 1-85242-897-X]
  • Estórias Abensonhadas (short stories, 1994) ISBN 972-21-0933-2
  • Every man is a race [Translation of selected works from: Cada homem é uma raça, and Cronicando; translated by David Brookshaw] (1994) ISBN 0-435-90982-7
  • A Varanda do Frangipani (novel, 1996) ISBN 972-21-1050-0 [Under the Frangipani. Translated by David Brookshaw. (2001) ISBN 0-86486-378-0]
  • Contos do Nascer da Terra (short stories, 1997)
  • Mar Me Quer (novella, 1998)
  • Vinte e Zinco (novella, 1999) ISBN 972-21-1250-3
  • Raiz de orvalho e outros poemas (1999) ISBN 972-21-1302-X
  • O Último Voo do Flamingo (novel, 2000) ISBN 972-21-1334-8 [The Last Flight of the Flamingo. Translated by David Brookshaw. (2004) ISBN 1852428139]
  • Mar me quer (2000)
  • O Gato e o Escuro (children's book, 2001)
  • Na Berma de Nenhuma Estrada e Outros Contos (short stories, 2001)
  • Um Rio Chamado Tempo, uma Casa Chamada Terra (novel, 2002)
  • Contos do Nascer da Terra (short stories, 2002)
  • O País do Queixa Andar (crônicas, 2003)
  • O Fio das Missangas (short stories, 2003)
  • A chuva pasmada (2004) ISBN 972-21-1654-1
  • Pensatempos: textos de opinião (2005) ISBN 972-21-1687-8
  • O Outro Pé da Sereia (novel, 2006) ISBN 972-21-1795-5
  • Venenos de Deus, Remédios do Diabo (novel, 2008) ISBN 978-972-21-1987-0
  • Jesusalém (novel, 2009) ISBN 978-972-21-2797-4
  • A Confissão da Leoa (novel, 2012) [Confession of the Lioness. Translated by David Brookshaw (2015). ISBN 9780374129231]
  • Pensativities: Selected Essays. Translated by David Brookshaw (2015). ISBN 978-1771960076
  • Mulheres de cinzas (the first book of the trilogy As Areias do Imperador) (2015)
  • A Espada e a Azagaia (the second book of the trilogy As Areias do Imperador) (2016)
  • References

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