Agustina Bessa-Luís

Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE (Portuguese: [ɐɣuʃˈtinɐ ˈbɛsɐ luˈiʃ]; born 15 October 1922, in Vila Meã, Amarante, Portugal) is a Portuguese writer.[1]

From 1986 and 1987, she was director of the daily O Primeiro de Janeiro (Porto). From 1990 to 1993, she was director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbon).[2][3]

Her novels have been adapted for the screen by director Manoel de Oliveira: Fanny Owen ("Francisca"), Abraham's Valley, and The Lands of Risk ("The Convent"), in addition to the Party.[4]Her novel As Terras do Risco was the basis for the film O Convento in 1995.[5]


She was awarded the Camões Prize in 2004.