The Sea Heaven

The Sea Heaven





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LIONS National Literary Award, 2015 :: Luís Rainha Foundation Literary Prize / Correntes d'Escrit





Portugal: The 1892 Storm

Portugal: The storm of 1892  This book evokes the storm of the century in Portugal, 1892, that caused the sinking of dozens of fishing boats, bringing grief and mourning to the small, close-knit community of a Portuguese fishing town.  

João Morgado brings back to life the poor families who, at the end of the 19th century, hardly lived upon almost artisanal fishing, and were forced to face death every day on the high sea.So the question arises:  — where do the bodies of wrecked fishermen go, that the sea never returned to land for a proper funeral by family and friends?

Photos with details from the Tile Panel of North Pier Entrance, Póvoa de Varzim, by Fernando Gonçalves.

Portuguese Original (2012, 2018, 2018)

Translation: Ana Margarida Baptista.
Special thanks go to Filipe Delfim Santos.

João Morgado was born in 1965, in Aldeia do Carvalho, Covilhã, Portugal.

He writes across a broad range of genres: chronicles, poetry, short stories, plays, romantic novels, but he is best known for his highly acclaimed historical novels, depicting vividly Camões, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Fernão de Magalhães...

In 2017 he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Civic and Cultural Merit, awarded by the Federative Republic of Brazil. He also received the Christ Redeemer Trophy from the Paranapuã Academy of Letters and Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for his contributions to Luso-Brazilian culture.


Awards and prizes received:


• Ferreira de Castro Literary Prize, 2019.

• International Order of Cabral Literary Merit Medal, Brazil, 2017.

• LIONS National Literary Award, 2015.

• Manuel Neto dos Santos Poetry Prize, 2015.

• Luís Rainha Foundation Literary Prize, Correntes d’Escritas, 2015.

• Alçada Baptista Literary Prize, 2014.

• João Isabel Literary Contest, 2nd Prize, 2013.

• Vergílio Ferreira Literary Prize, 2012.

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