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Mia Couto awarded Camoes Portuguese literature prize

books Updated: May 29, 2013 18:22 IST

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The Camoes Prize for 2013 has been given to Mia Couto, the Mozambican author of "The Tuner of Silences" and "Sleepwalking Land."

The annual Prêmio Camöes recognizes the achievements of an author writing in Portuguese, and Couto is the second Mozambican to receive it following José Craveirinha in 1991; José Saramago, winning in 1995, remains the only Portuguese writer to claim the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he did three years later in 1998.

Novelist and biologist Couto, born António Emílio Leite Couto, is known for his use of magical realism, a genre associated with Latin American literature.

Debut novel "Sleepwalking Land," first published in 1992, was declared winner of the Mozambican Writers Association National Prize for Fiction in 1995. It was then named as one of the 12 best African books of the 20th century by the 2002 Zimbabwe International Book Fair.