Brazilian writer Raduan Nassar has been awarded the Camões Prize, which has be considered the most prestigious distinction given for Portuguese-language literature.

Portugal’s Secretary of State for Culture Miguel Honrado made the announcement yesterday, May 30, together with the jury of the competition. Among the members of the jury was Inocência Mata, a professor from the University of Lisbon and the University of Macau, according to a press release by Camões Mission – Institute for Cooperation and Language.

Mr Nassar, who is now 80 years old, has published three books only —Lavoura Arcaica (Archaic Land, in English), in 1975; Um Copo de Cólera (A Cup of Rage), in 1978; and the collection of short stories Menina a Caminho (Girl on the Way), in 1997.

But his work as a talented writer has been praised by critics, who have compared him to acclaimed Brazilian authors like Clarice Lispector and Guimarães Rosa, “thanks to the extraordinary quality of his language and the poetic strength of his prose,” the public institute said.

Mr Nassar was nominated for the 2016 MAN Booker International Prize’s long list, for the translation of A Cup of Ragepublished by Penguin Modern Classics.

The annual Camões Prize was established jointly by Portugal and Brazil in 1988. It was attributed for the first time the following year to Portuguese writer Miguel Torga (1907-1995).