By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for literature in the Portuguese language, the 2019 Camões Prize for Literature has been awarded to Brazil's most famous polymath: songwriter, singer, novelist, playwright, and political activist Francisco Buarque de Holanda, universally known as Chico Buarque.

Jury members from Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, and Brazil unanimously selected Chico to receive the €100,000 award this September.

The prize, granted annually since 1988, is for the totality of a writer’s work, rather than for any specific oeuvre.

Prior Brazilian winners of the coveted award include . . .

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