The name of José Luis Peixoto, one of Portugal’s most read and acclaimed writers, is closely linked to that of José Saramago. Peixoto won the Saramago Prize with his first novel, Blank Gaze, when he was completely unknown. Subsequently, the Nobel laureate pointed him out as a very interesting new writer. So a successful career began, with awards coming from within Portugal and abroad, including the Cálamo Prize for The Piano Cemetery and the Océanos Prize for Galveias, as Best Portuguese-language Novel of 2015. Once again his name is linked with that of his mentor with the publication of Autobiografía, which makes the author of Blindness into a protagonist. According to Peixoto, the novel is a homage, not a hagiography, and does not avoid some controversial aspects of the great writer. Peixoto’s books have been translated into 26 languages.
The Portuguese author will talk to Marta del Riego Anta, a journalist who has worked with various news outlets. As a novelist she has published Solo los tontos creen en el amor, Sendero de frio y amor, Mi nombre es Sena and Pájaros del Noroeste.
Gonçalo Tavares, Joäo Mira-Gomes, José Luis Peixoto and Filipa Soares in conversation with Beltrán Gambier