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Prêmio São Paulo – 2016 Finalists Announced

AwardsZoe PerryComment

Last week the list of finalists for the 2016 Prêmio São Paulo was announced, and boy is it a good one! Out of 175 total entries – roughly 10% fewer than last year – across three categories, this year's crop of twenty finalists represent ten Brazilian states, and one non-Brazilian writer is in the running: heavy-weight Mia Couto, from Mozambique. All books were published in 2015.

The Prêmio São Paulo, inspired by the Man Booker, is Brazil's biggest award in terms of prize money, with BRL 200,000 going to the winner of the Best Book category, and BRL 100,000 each for the two debut-author categories: Under 40 and Over 40. I love this prize, because I think it does a great job of promoting new authors of all ages, as well as small, indy publishers.

Once again, I'm not aware of any of these books being translated to English, or any English translations in the works. 

Winners will be announced in October! 

BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR – 2015

Beatriz Bracher – Anatomia do Paraíso (Editora 34)

João Almino – Enigmas da Primavera (Record)

Julián Fúks – A Resistência (Companhia das Letras)

Marcelo Rubens Paiva – Ainda Estou Aqui (Alfaguara)

Mia Couto – Mulheres de Cinzas – As Areias do Imperador (Companhia das Letras)

Nei Lopes – Rio Negro, 50 (Record)

Noemi Jaffe – Írisz: As Orquídeas (Companhia das Letras)

Paula Fábrio – Um Dia Toparei Comigo (Foz)

Raimundo Carrero – O Senhor Agora Vai Mudar de Corpo (Record)

Santana Filho – A Casa das Marionetes (Reformatório)

 

BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR - DEBUT AUTHOR

OVER 40

Eda Nagayama – Desgarrados (Cosac Naify)

Marcelo Maluf – A Imensidão Íntima dos Carneiros (Reformatório)

Robertson Frizero – Longe das Aldeias (Dublinense – Terceiro Selo)

 

UNDER 40

Alex Sens – O Frágil Toque dos Mutilados (Autêntica)

Isabela Noronha – Resta Um (Companhia das Letras)

Julia Dantas – Ruína y Leveza (Não Editora)

Rafael Gallo – Rebentar (Record)

Sheyla Smanioto – Desesterro (Record)

Tércia Montenegro – Turismo Para Cegos (Companhia das Letras)

Tomas Rosenfeld – Para Não Dizer Que Não Falei de Flora (7 Letras)