Portuguese book won Chinese children’s literature prize

1.º Direito” was one of the two foreign books to be distinguished with the Chen Bochui award, which takes the name of the Chinese writer and translator of children’s literature and is promoted by several entities in Shanghai, linked to publishing and promoting reading.

After evaluating 250 books from 15 countries and regions, the contest jury underlined that many of the award-winning works describe how young people are dealing with the problems and feelings created by the covid-19 pandemic, according to the announcement made on Friday, in Shanghai.

“1.º Direito”, about a young woman who is closed at home and entertains herself to observe the people who live in the building opposite, was launched last May, during the period of confinement.

The book was inspired by the film “Rear Window”, with Nicolau Fernandes even using the color palette of the film made by Alfred Hitchcock, in 1954, in brown and orange tones.

The author’s first book for Pato Lógico, “Mar“, is being translated into Chinese by Shandong Science and Technology Press Co Ltd.

The winners of the Chen Bochui award were announced during the eighth edition of the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, which ended on Sunday.

The three-day event brought together 386 publishers from 21 countries and regions, including the Portuguese publisher Orfeu Negro, and attracted almost 20,000 visitors, the organization said.

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