Get close to Neustadt Prize-winning author Mia Couto and uncover his latest book, Sea Loves Me (translated to English by David Brookshaw, with Eric M.B. Becker), in this not-to-be-missed conversation with Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa. Known internationally for his novels, Mozambican author Couto first achieved success with his short stories. His new book celebrates the arc of his career, composed of 64 stories—36 of which appear in English for the first time—from early stories that reflect the harshness of life under Portuguese colonialism, to magical tales of rural Africa, contemporary fables and more. A rare opportunity to hear “one of the greatest living writers in the Portuguese language” (The Millions).
This event will be presented in Portuguese with English subtitles.
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ABOUT SEA LOVES ME
New and selected fiction, over half in English for the first time, from the winner of the 2014 Neustadt Prize.
Known internationally for his novels, Neustadt Prize-winner Mia Couto first became famous for his short stories. Sea Loves Me includes sixty-four of his best, thirty-six of which appear in English for the first time. Covering the entire arc of Couto’s career, this collection displays the Mozambican author’s inventiveness, sensitivity, and social range with greater richness than any previous collection—from early stories that reflect the harshness of life under Portuguese colonialism; to magical tales of rural Africa; to contemporary fables of the fluidity of race and gender, environmental disaster, and the clash between the countryside and the city. The title novella, long acclaimed as one of Couto’s best works but never before available in English, caps this collection with the lyrical story of a search for a lost father that leads unexpectedly to love.
ABOUT MIA COUTO
Born in Beira, Mozambique, Mia Couto directed the Mozambican state news agency during the years following independence from Portugal. Since the late 1980s, he has worked as an environmental biologist and a writer. Couto is the author of more than thirty books, which have been published in thirty-five countries. He has won major literary prizes in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Brazil., Italy and the United States, including the 2013 Camōes Prize and the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize and the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. Mia Couto lives with his family in Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as an environmental consultant
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