Mia Couto, author of The Tuner of Silences and winner of the 2013 Camões Prize.
Last night Mia Couto received the 2013 Camões Prize for Literature, one of the most prestigious international awards honoring the work of Portuguese language writers. The announcement was made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The prize, awarded annually, was created in 1988 to distinguish writers of the Portuguese language whose work has contributed to the enrichment of the literary and cultural heritage of the Portuguese language. And valued at 100,000 euros, it is one of the richest prizes in the world, comparable to the Nobel.
The awarding jury included writers José Eduardo Agualusa and Joao Paulo Borges Coelho, journalist José Carlos Vasconcelos, professor Clara Crabbé Rocha, critic Alcir Pécora and Ambassador and member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters Alberto da Costa e Silva.