The Oceanos Awards and Itaú Cultural have recently announced the 54 books shortlisted for the 2020 edition of the prize. The award recognizes the work of writers from several Portuguese-speaking countries, and entry forms from 3 continents were received this year. Brazil had 37 books selected as semifinalists.
In the Novel category, the Brazilian highlights are: Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida (“A visão das plantas”/The view of the plants – Relógio D’Água), the winner of the 2019 edition; Joca Reiners Terron (“A morte e o meteoro”/The death and the meteor – Todavia); Julián Fuks (“A ocupação”/Occupation – Companhia das Letras); Chico Buarque (“Essa gente”/These people – Companhia das Letras); Maria Valéria Rezende (“Carta à rainha louca”/Letter to the mad queen – Alfaguara); Luiz Ruffato (“O verão tardio”/Late summer – Companhia das Letras); Milton Hatoum (“Ponto de Fuga”/One-point perspective – Companhia das Letras); and Itamar Vieira Junior (“Torto arado”/Crooked plow – Todavia). In such category, Brazilian authors compete against Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto and his “Autobiografia”/Authobiography and Mozambican author Mia Couto and his book entitled “O universo”/The universe.
Brazil also has representatives in the Short Story category: Marcelo Rubens Paiva (“O homem ridículo”/A ridiculous man – Tordesilhas) and Veronica Stigger (“Sombrio ermo turvo”/Dark desolate indistinct – Todavia). In Poetry, the country is represented by Adriana Lisboa (“Deriva”/Adrift – Relicário); Luci Collin (“Rosa que está”/Rose is – Iluminuras); and Telma Scherer (“Squirt” – Terra Redonda). In the Chronicle category, Brazilian writer Nélida Pinõn was shortlisted for “Uma furtiva lágrima”/A furtive tear (Record).
A list composed of 10 finalists will be assessed by the jury of the award between November and December this year. From such list, three books are chosen as the winners, regardless of their categories. Cash prizes in the amount of BRL 120,000.00, BRL 80,000.00 and BRL 50,000.00 will be given to first, second and third places, respectively.
Click here and see the full list of semifinalists.