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João de Melo
João de Melo

The writer João de Melo was born in 1949 in Achadinha, Nordeste, island of São Miguel, Azores, where he lived until the age of 11, after which he moved to Mainland Portugal in 1960 to study. He has lived in Lisbon since 1967 (except for the period between 1971 and 1974, during which he served in the colonial war in Angola as a nurse). He became a teacher in secondary and higher education, after graduating in Romance Philology at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For nine years (2001-2010), he was a Cultural Counsellor at the Portuguese Embassy in Spain, having carried out an unprecedented dissemination of Portuguese culture in the neighbouring country.

He is the author of fiction, studies, essays, anthologies, poetry, chronicles, and travel books, and his works have been translated into a dozen European and American countries. He has received prestigious literary awards, including: "Grande Prémio do Romance da A.P.E.", "Prémio Eça de Queirós/Cidade de Lisboa", "Prémio Internacional Cristóvão Colombo", "Prémio Fernando Namora", and "Prémio Vergílio Ferreira" (2016), the latter for his entire body of work. His most well-known novel, "Gente Feliz com Lágrimas" (1988), was adapted to television by José Medeiros and to theatre by João Brites, for the group "O Bando". He was awarded the Orders of Santiago da Espada and Infante Dom Henrique and the medal of Civic Merit of the Regional Assembly of the Azores. He has been a "Honorary Citizen" of Nordeste, the municipality where he was born, since 2015. 

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