Agualusa wins Angolan National Award for Culture

José Eduardo Agualusa

José Eduardo Agualusa

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Writer José Eduardo Agualusa won, in the literature category, the National Prize for Culture and Arts (PNCA), edition 2019

According to the jury, whose results were released this Monday, at a press conference, the prize is awarded for all his works, in which research, historical memory, dystopia, current affairs, questioning, reflection and the aesthetic sense go hand in hand, contributing to the projection of Angolan literature in the world, reports Angop (Angolan news agency).

It adds that, this way, it has also contributed to the emergence of the emancipated reader and to the strengthening of the citizenship and freedom of expression.

José Eduardo Agualusa Alves da Cunha was born in Huambo on December 13th of 1960. His first novel "A Conjura" (The Conjure) received the Sonangol Revelation Award. With Nation Crioula he was distinguished with the RTP Literary Grand Prix. With Lost Borders he won the Camilo Castelo Branco The Tale Grand Prize from the Portuguese Writers Association, while Strangers and Bizarrocos he won the Gulbenkian Grand Prize for Literature for Children and Youth in 2002

In 2007 he received the prestigious "Independent Foreign Fiction Prize", promoted by the British daily The Independent in collaboration with the UK Council of Arts, for the book The Past Seller. He was the first African writer to be awarded with such a distinction.

In 2017, he won the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Prize for General Theory of Forgetting.

The PNCA is the most important distinction of the Angolan State in this sector, having as its main objective to encourage artistic and cultural creation, as well as scientific research in the field of human and social sciences.

It is awarded in the categories of literature, fine arts, dance, music, theater, film and audiovisual, research in human and social sciences, popular cultural festivities and cultural journalism.