Teolinda Gersão

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Teolinda Gersão was born in Coimbra (Portugal) and has lived in Germany, São Paulo, and Mozambique. She is the author of 17 books, novels and short story collections, translated in 14 countries. She was twice awarded the Pen Club Prize for the Novel (1981 and 1989), the Short-Story Prize (Portuguese Writers’ Association, 2001), and many other novel prizes (the most recent  in 2015 and  2017). She was writer-in-residence at the University of California Berkeley in 2004. Many of her short stories have been published in literary reviews in the US, and in the anthologies New Sudden Fiction, Best Short-stories from America and Beyond  (W.W. Norton, 2007 and in  Take Six (Dedalus, 2018). Her novel The Word Tree was published in the UK by Dedalus Books and City of Ulysses in the US by Dalkey Archive Press. It was also published in Rio de Janeiro by Oficina Raquel in 2017. Her most recent book is the short-story collection, Prantos, Amores e Outros Desvarios (Tears, Laughter and Other Follies). Her English translator is Margaret Jull Costa. Photo by Gonçalo Cunha de Sá