Eduardo Pitta

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Eduardo Pitta
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Born (1949-08-09) 9 August 1949 (age 73)
Lourenço Marques Maputo Mozambique
OccupationNovelist, poet, critic

Eduardo Pitta (born 9 August 1949) is a Portuguese poet, fiction writer and essayist.

Bio and work[edit]

Born in Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, on 9 August 1949, he lived in Mozambique until 1975. He had published ten books of poetry. A large selection of that corpus of poems was collected in Desobediência, 2011. It is represented in several anthologies of contemporary Portuguese poetry. A significant number of his essays and critical writings have been collected in six volumes. With his trilogy of short-stories Persona, 2000, his writing underwent a tectonic movement. One of these stories, Kalahari, was translated by Alison Aiken and published in Chroma, a Queer Literary Journal, from London. In 2013 published a memoir, Um Rapaz a Arder. His poetry and prose have appeared in various magazines and anthologies in Portugal, Spain, France, Brasil, Colombia, England, Israel, USA and, in his early years (1968–1975), in Mozambique. In addition to the short story The Stratagem, published in the collective volume, has published several short stories in the magazine Egoísta. He did literary criticism in the magazines Colóquio-Letras (1987–2018), LER (1990–2006) and Sábado (2011–2022), as well as in the newspapers Diário de Notícias (1996–1998) and Público (2005–2011). Between 1994 and 2006, he was the author of the poetry criticism section O Som & o Sentido for the magazine LER. In the same magazine, between 2008 and 2014, he published chronicles in the column Heterodoxias.

Personal life[edit]

Pitta was legally married in 2010 with Jorge Neves, his partner since 1972.



Year Title
1974 Sílaba a Sílaba
1979 Um Cão de Angústia Progride
1983 A Linguagem da Desordem
1984 Olhos Calcinados
1988 Archote Glaciar
1991 Arbítrio
1999 Marcas de Água
2004 Poesia Escolhida
2011 Y si Todo, de Repente? / Spanish anthology
2011 Desobediência


Year Title
2000 Persona, short stories
2007 Cidade Proibida, novel
2021 Devastação, short stories

Essay and critic[edit]

Year Title
2002 Comenda de Fogo
2003 Fractura
2004 Metal Fundente
2007 Intriga em Família
2010 Intriga em Família
2014 Pompas Fúnebres


Year Title
2005 Os Dias de Veneza
2013 Cadernos Italianos
2013 Um Rapaz a Arder

Edited works[edit]

Year Title
2008 Canções e Outros Poemas, António Botto
2008 Fátima, António Botto
2018 Poesia, António Botto's complete poetry


«A Linguagem da Desordem», review by Eugénio Lisboa, [archive]

«A marca da excisão na poesia de Eduardo Pitta», review by Ana Luísa Amaral. [archive]

«Persona», review by Fernando Matos Oliveira, [archive]

«Pompas Fúnebres», review by Hugo Pinto Santos, [archive]

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