Eduardo Pitta

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

Eduardo Pitta
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Born (1949-08-09) 9 August 1949 (age 72)
Lourenço Marques Maputo Mozambique
OccupationNovelist, Poet, Critic

Bio and workEdit

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. Since 2011 he writes literary criticism at the Portuguese magazine Sábado.

Personal lifeEdit

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



  • 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


  • 2000 Persona, short stories
  • 2007 Cidade Proibida, novel
  • 2021 Devastação, short stories

Essay and criticEdit

  • 2002 Comenda de Fogo
  • 2003 Fractura
  • 2004 Metal Fundente
  • 2007 Intriga em Família
  • 2010 Aula de Poesia
  • 2014 Pompas Fúnebres


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

Edited worksEdit


«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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