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Santiago, Silviano

Silviano Santiago writes fiction and literary criticism and is considered already a classic in Brazil. He received the José Donoso Ibero-American Prize of Letters for his work in September-2014. Born in Formiga, a small town in Minas Gerais, in 1936, he moved to Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state, at 12 years old and degreed there in Literature. He then went to Rio de Janeiro to study French Literature and got a scholarship to go to Paris for his PhD at Sorbonne. In the sixties and seventies, he was a visiting professor in universities around the world. His vast work (31 published books) includes poetry, short stories, novels and essays – all of them acclaimed by public and critics. Nowadays he contributes to the major newspaper and magazines in Brazil, both to the general public and specialized publications. He has been awarded with more than ten literary prizes, among them Portugal Telecom, Mario de Andrade, Jabuti, Machado de Assis (for his whole work), besides José Donoso, for the first time given to a Brazilian author. He is currently finishing a new volume of essays to be published by Companhia das Letras in 2016.

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