Portuguese writer António Torrado, author of over a hundred literary works, particularly for children, died this Friday in Lisbon, aged 81, revealed writer José Jorge Letria to Lusa.
According to José Jorge Letria, who said he had lost a friend of more than 50 years, António Torrado died at home as a result of a prolonged illness.
Award-winning poet and playwright, former secondary school teacher, António Torrado was from an early age linked to pedagogy, literary production for the youngest, the recovery and reinterpretation of traditional short stories and the promotion of
António Torrado was born in Lisbon in 1939, graduated in Philosophy in Coimbra and dedicated himself to teaching in the 1960s, until he was removed for political reasons.
António Torrado was born in Lisbon in 1939, but with family roots in Castelo Branco. Poet, fiction writer, dramaturg, author of works in pedagogy and pediographic investigation, he is an excellent story-teller, having his books and tales translated in
many languages. He was a journalist, publisher, teacher, main producer and chief of the Children's programs department at RTP. His bibliography registers more than 120 titles, with emphasis in children literature, for which he recieved the Great Price
Clouste Gulbenkian for Children Literature. Books of his are included in the White Ravens list, created by IBBY - International Board on Books for Young People. According to the investigator and critic José António Gomes, "Torrado is one the highest
names in our literature after the revolution and it will be difficult to find today an author that, in such a balanced way, knows how to give a book humor, critic and signs of a deep knowledge of the children's imagination."
António Torrado, born in Libson in 1939, has become one of Portugal's most prolific and acclaimed authors of children's literature. With more than 140 books written for children and young adults, Torrado also is involved with a variety of projects that
seek to promote the power of the written word in young lives. Torrado first earned a degree in Philosophy before turning to children's literature, which is why his writing often addresses elevated topics and intellectual themes, without ever losing sight
of his ultimate goal: to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.
Of his numerous titles, Torrado has tackled social injustice and the idea of human triviality with a balance of humor, irony, tenderness and affection. Although Torrado deals mostly in short stories, his works range from narrative to dramatic and even
lyrical, with the occasional production of poetry, plays, and screenplays. He has also been known to recreate folk tales and nursery rhymes, with an obvious knowledge of what inspires a child's imagination. Torrado uses his craft as a medium to convey a
message of free speech and respect while still engaging his target audience. He has been labeled both an "architect of the world" and "a creator like no other."...
"He is the teacher responsible for the Mathematics discipline. He is a resident playwright at the Comuna Theater Company in Lisbon. Consensually considered one of the most important authors in Portuguese children's literature, he has a very extensive and
diverse work that integrates texts of popular and traditional roots, but also poetry and especially short stories. It recognizes the fundamental importance of children's literature as a vehicle of messages, choosing as values to promote freedom of
expression and respect for difference. António Torrado often uses humor in some of his stories.
"On the other hand, in some allegorical or oriental texts, the poetic register predominates. Moreover, poetic values assume for the author a central position in any educational project. Recently, he has also started to work novels and novels for
childhood and youth, but the most striking aspect of his activity in recent times is undoubtedly the theater."