Writer, poet and translator, Vasco Graça Moura was one of the most outstanding figures of the most recent Portuguese cultural life. A law graduate, he turned to writing as his greatest passion but also had a great intervention in politics.
Born in Foz do Douro, Oporto, on January 3, 1942, Vasco Graça Moura still had a sense of the appeal of the Fine Arts, but ended up following the course of law which was, in fact, a tradition in his family.
His first work was Modo Mudando, in 1963. Throughout his life, he authored more than 100 works, including poems, novels and essays. He also took the spotlight in translations, dedicating himself to authors like Rilke, Shakespeare or Dante. The translation of “The Divine Comedy” earned him the Gold Medal of the City of Florence (Italy). This distinction also includes awards received in Brazil and the most prestigious ones awarded in Portugal.
Among the various prizes we has awarded, the highlights include the Prémio Pessoa (1995), the International Prize “La cultura del mar” in Italy (2002), the Coroa de Ouro do Struga Poetry Evenings (Macedonia, 2004) or the Vergílio Ferreira Prize (2007).
In addition to a vast literary career, Vasco Graça Moura also stood out in politics as Secretary of State of two governments. He was the director of Portuguese public television programs (RTP) in 1978 and in that year he also managed the editorial part of the National Press -Casa da Moeda. Between 1988 and 1995 he was president of the National Commission for the Commemorations of the Portuguese Discoveries and commissioner-general of Portugal for the Universal Exposition of Seville (1988-1992).
In 1999, he was elected to the European Parliament, a role he would hold for ten years. In 2012 he was nominated for the presidency of the Centro Cultural de Belém Foundation. He died in Lisbon on April 27, 2014.