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Couto was born in the city of Beira , Mozambique 's third largest city, where he was also raised and schooled. He is the son of Portuguese emigrants who moved to the Portuguese colony in the s. In April , after the Carnation Revolution in Lisbon and the overthrow of the Estado Novo regime, Mozambique was about to become an independent republic. Later, he ran Tempo magazine until His first book of poems, Raiz de Orvalho , was published in ; it included texts aimed against the dominance of Marxist militant propaganda.

Not only is Mia Couto considered one of the most important writers in Mozambique, but his works have been published in more than 20 countries and in various languages, including Portuguese , English, French, German, Czech, Italian, Serbian , Catalan , Estonian and Chinese. He has been noted for creating proverbs , sometimes known as "improverbs", in his fiction, as well as riddles, legends, metaphors, giving his work a poetic dimension. In , he became the first African author to win the prestigious Latin Union literary prize, which has been awarded annually in Italy since Mia Couto became only the fourth writer in the Portuguese language to take home this prestigious award, having competed against authors from Portugal, France, Colombia, Spain, Italy, and Senegal.

Currently, he is a biologist employed by the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park while continuing his work on other writing projects. In , Couto was elected into the Brazilian Academy of Letters , the first African writer to receive such an honor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately , especially if potentially libelous or harmful.

This name uses Portuguese naming customs : the first or maternal family name is Leite and the second or paternal family name is Couto. NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 6 September Vega: Lisboa, — Soares and Outi Lauhakangas, — World Literature Today. Retrieved 26 January LA Times. Retrieved 2 November The Neustadt Prize. Retrieved 27 May Neustadt International Prize for Literature Laureates. Order of Cultural Merit Brazil. Portela G.

Vila Isabel G. Camisa Verde e Branco G. Categories : Living people People from Beira, Mozambique Mozambican poets Mozambican people of Portuguese descent Mozambican Roman Catholics Mozambican novelists Mozambican short story writers Mozambican children's writers 20th-century poets 20th-century novelists 21st-century novelists Eduardo Mondlane University alumni Mozambican biologists 20th-century short story writers 21st-century short story writers births Pseudonymous writers.

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