10.ilb - 15.09 bis 26.10.10 - Focus Osteuropa
You are here: Home / Archive / Participants / Authors / 2005 / Paulo Teixeira

Paulo Teixeira  [ Portugal ]

Biography

Paulo Teixeira Portrait
© Privat

Guest 2005.

Bibliography

As Imaginações de Verdade
Caminho
Lissabon, 1985

A Região Brilhante
Caminho
Lissabon, 1988

Inventário e Despedida
Caminho
Lissabon, 1991

Arte de Memória
Caminho
Lissabon, 1992

O Rapto de Europa
Caminho
Lissabon, 1993

Patmos
Caminho
Lissabon, 1994

As Esperas e outros poemas
Caminho
Lissabon, 1997

Túmulo de Heróis Antigos
Caminho
Lissabon, 1999

Autobiografia Cautelar
Gótica
Lissabon, 2001

Execução de sentença no processo do trabalho
Atlas
São Paulo, 2005

Orbe: Poesia
Caminho
Lisboa, 2005

Übersetzer: Niki Graça

Paulo Teixeira was born in Lourenço Marques – today Maputo, the capital of Mozambique – in 1962.  He studied Geography and Regional Planning at the New University in Lisbon, and since 1997 has been an editor at »Relãmpago«, a literary journal, as well as board member of the Luís Miguel Nava Foundation, which annually presents a literature prize.

Teixeira is considered one of the most important Portuguese poets of his generation.  His work has been translated into more than ten languages and published in several journals and anthologies.  His volume of poetry »Inventário e Despedida« (1991; Engl: Inventory and Farewell) was awarded the poetry prize by the Portuguese PEN Club, the Eça de Queirós prize by the City of Lisbon, and the Great Inapa Prize. His poems present a critical assessment of our times, fed by an arduous dialogue with the literary and cultural legacy of Europe.  This connection with history becomes evident in the frequent use of Latin, and is also apparent in the title of his books, such as »Arte da Memória« (1992; Engl: The Art of Memory) or »O Rapto de Europa« (1994; Engl: The Rape of Europa).  In his poems Teixeira insistently questions the value of European culture and the possibility of progress, and presents a pessimistic view of the future. Elegiac verses give expression to an apocalyptic fear of the end of Western civilisation.  The frequent use of the subjunctive, an almost obsessive examination of time and temporality, and the use of the lyrical »I« which is marked as different from the author, are characteristic features of his work. In 1999 the volume »Túmulo de Heróis Antigos« (Engl: Tomb of Ancient Heroes), a collection of thirty-two poems inspired by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, appeared.  The latest of his books so far is »Orbe: Poesia« (2005; Engl: Circle: Poetry), a volume of poetry.

For six years Teixeira has taught Creative Writing at high schools as part of a special programme led by the Portuguese Ministry of Education.  In 2005 he lived in Berlin as a literary guest of the DAAD.

Translator: Niki Graça

© international literature festival berlin