(Portugal) Vergílio Ferreira (1916-1996) is considered as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest writers in the Portuguese language, as well as Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago. When his work was first translated into French by Gallimard and Métailié, reviewers compared him to Herman Hesse. His literary production is generally divided in two periods: Neorealism and Existentialism. As a teenager, he studied in a seminary and later he studied at the University of Coimbra. His experiences in the seminary are related in his most famous work Manhã Submersa (Misty Morning), published in […]
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Guy Vaes Belgium (Antwerp, 1927-2012) He was a Belgian author whose magic realist fiction has roots in modern psychological investigation and the existentialist notions of alienation. Fond of English Literature and of the fantastic genre, he was deeply influenced by the works of Woolf, Melville, Stevenson, Verne, Faulkner and Kafka. In forty years he published several novels, poetry, and essays written in French. He became famous with Octobre long dimanche (1956; tr. October Long Sunday, Peter Lang,1997), a book praised by the kind of Julio Cortazar and Pascal Pia, considered the masterpiece of European magical realism. He then dedicated his […]
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