Jacinto Lucas Pires

Portuguese Guest

Jacinto Lucas Pires was born in Porto in 1974 and lives in Lisbon. He is the author of four novels, two short-story collections and two non-fiction books, and has written several theater plays, staged by different groups. A Gargalhada de Augusto Reis (Augusto Reis’ Laugh), his latest novel, has just come out (published by Porto Editora). The True Actor (published in the US by Dzanc, translation by Jaime Braz and Dean Thomas Ellis) won the 2013 DST Distinguished Literature Award for the best book published in Portugal in the past two years. Lucas Pires won the prestigious Prémio Europa/David Mourão-Ferreira (Bari University, Italy/Instituto Camões, Portugal) in 2008.  In the US, his stories have been published in St. Petersburg Review and The Common. He plays with the band Os Quais, and he keeps the blog O que eu gosto de bombas de gasolina. His soccer column appears in O Jogo. He comments on political issues at Renascença Radio. Photo by Tanja Draškić Savić