Minister of Culture mourns death of Olhão writer Júlio Conrado

Writer was an author transversal to several literary genres and renowned literary critic

Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture, “deeply regretted”, this Tuesday, February 1, the death of the writer Júlio Conrado, “an author who crosses several literary genres and a renowned literary critic”.

Born in Olhão, Júlio Conrado made his debut in short stories, with the publication of “A Prova Real” (1963), having, throughout his literary career, experimented with different genres, such as fiction, poetry, chronicle, essay and the theater.

Alongside his publications, he actively collaborated with several newspapers and magazines, such as Jornal de Notícias, O Diário de Lisboa, O Século, Jornal de Letras, Colóquio Letras or Boca do Inferno, the latter magazine of the Fundação D. Luís , of which he was executive director.

«Through these collaborations, we can discover an experienced critic, knowledgeable and with a very particular domain of the Portuguese literary universe of the last hundred years, having also participated in several colloquia, congresses and writers meetings, both in Portugal and abroad», says Graça Fonseca's note of condolence.

Júlio Conrado also developed «an intense associative activity, having participated in the governing bodies of the Portuguese Writers Association, the Portuguese section of the Pen Club or the Portuguese Association of Literary Critics».

In its various dimensions, Júlio Conrado «left a mark on the history of contemporary Portuguese literature, either through his work or through his essays and critical texts, which show us a lucid and incisive vision of literary production that, in an attentive way, , was accompanying», highlights the Minister of Culture.

To family and friends, Graça Fonseca sends "heartfelt condolences".