Jacinto Lucas Pires
Jacinto Lucas Pires (Portugal) was born in 1974 in Porto. He graduated in law from the Catholic University of Portugal.
His short story collection Para averiguar do seu grau de pureza (Testing the Degree of Her Purity, 1996) won the Puy Cinatti and the Ruy Belo Prize. He is the author of several plays, a travelogue Livro usado numa viagem ao Japão (A Book of Travels Around Japan, 2001), a novel Azul-turquesa (The Turquoise-Blue, 1998) and Do sol (About the Sun, 2004), as well as short story collections Abre para cá (Open Here, 2000) and Assobiar em público (Whistling in Public, 2008). This collection of twenty-two stories won the David Mourão-Ferreira Prize for European Literature in 2008.
Pires has also written film scripts and in 1999 he directed “Cinemaamor”, a short film that won the Santa Maria de Feira Festival Award. His stories have been translated into Spanish, English, French, Norwegian, and Croatian. Many of his stories were anthologized in Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, and elsewhere. Pires regularly writes for daily newspapers and magazines. He lives in Lisbon.