28. 01. 1916 - 01. 03. 1996
Born in Melo (Gouveia). Graduate in Classical Philology at the Coimbra Faculty of Arts in 1940. Secondary school teacher. Novelist and essayist. Winner of the Prémio Camões. One of the most important contemporary Portuguese writers.
A language is the place from where you see the World and in
which the limits of our thinking and feeling are mapped out.
From my language I see the sea. From my language
its murmouring is heard, as from others can be heard
that of the forest or the silence of the desert. Therefore the
voice of the sea has been that of our restlessness.
© Instituto Camões, 2001