Ferreira Gullar

José Ribamar Ferreira (September 10, 1930) is poet, playwright, essayist, art critic, and television writer from São Luís, Maranhão who was instrumental in the formation of the Neo-Concrete Movement.

Raduan Nassar wins 2016 Camões Prize

Despite having not worked on his literary career for more than two decades, Raduan Nassar has just unanimously won the 2016 Camões Prize, the most important prize for literature in the Portuguese language. Interviewed right after the announcement, Nassar expressed surprise: “my work is a book and a half!”

According to the jury, however, “the extraordinary quality of his language” and the “poetic power of his prose” made him deserve the prize:

“Through fiction, the author reveals, in the universe of his work, the complexity of human relationships in ways that are hardly accessible to other methods of discourse. This revelation is often rough and uncomfortable, and it is not uncommon for him to address taboo issues. This possibility is made possible by the rigorous use of a language whose plasticity is imprinted in different discursive registers found in a body of work that emphasizes the density instead of length”

Nassar, also one of the 13 finalists in this year’s Man Booker International Prize, has two novels recently translated into English, both in 2016: Ancient Tillage (first published 1975 in Brazilian Portuguese as Lavoura Arcaica) translated by Karen Sotelino, and A Cup of Rage (first published 1978 in Brazilian Portuguese as Um copo de cólera), translated by Stefan Tobler. His third book, short story collection Menina a Caminho (1994) has not been translated yet.

The Camões Prize (currently €100,000) is awarded annually by the Portuguese Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (National Library Foundation) and the Brazilian Departamento Nacional do Livro (National Book Department). This award is considered the premier literary prize for an author in the Portuguese language for the entirety of their work. Ferreira Gullar, Dalton Trevisan, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, and Lygia Fagundes Telles are among past Brazilian winners of the Camões Prize.



Dirty Poem / Sullied Poem

Original title: Poema Sujo (1976)
Author: Ferreira Gullar
Translator: Leland Guyer

Dirty Poem was written in 1975 in Buenos Aires when Ferreira Gullar was in political exile from the Brazilian dictatorship. An epic work, it draws on the poet’s memories of his seaside adolescence during World War II and deals openly with the “dirty” shamefulness of a socioeconomic system that abuses its citizens with poverty, sexism, greed, and fear. The scholar Otto Maria Carpeaux wrote: “Dirty Poem deserves to be called ‘National Poem’ because it embodies all of the experiences, victories, defeats, and hopes in the life of the Brazilian citizen.”

Oh, my green city
my humid city
ever beaten by many winds
rustling your days at the entrance to the sea
my sonorous city
spheres of heavy winds

(Source: publisher)

Dirty Poem_Ferreira Gullar

Series: New Directions Poetry Pamphlets
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: New Directions; 1 edition (April 7, 2015)
Translator: Leland Guyer
ISBN-10: 0811223957
ISBN-13: 978-0811223959
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Dirty Poem_2_Ferreira Gullar

Hardcover: 205 pages
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1990.
Translator: Leland Guyer
Note: Portuguese text, parallel English translation
ISBN-10: 0819178780
ISBN 13: 9780819178787
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Sullied Poem
Hardcover: 216 Pages
Publisher: Associated Faculty Pr Inc (May 1988)
Translator: Leland Guyer
ISBN-10: 0804694079
ISBN-13: 978-0804694070
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