Marcelo highlights "ceaseless work" by António Torrado in promoting reading

The President of the Republic regretted this Friday the death of writer António Torrado, highlighting his “incessant work” in the promotion and dissemination of books and reading.

Very active as a pedagogue (at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation or at the School of Theater and Cinema), but also as a playwright (collaborating in particular with Teatro da Comuna), we owe him an incessant work in the dissemination and promotion of books and reading”, reads in a note published on the website of the Presidency of the Republic.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa underlined that António Torrado was “one of the few authors” that everyone associated with children’s literature, noting that the writer revealed a “taste for the playful, the lyrical, the historical and the didactic, as well as a special interest in traditional tales ”.

Expressing the “recognition of many generations”, the President of the Republic presented his condolences to the family of António Torrado, with whom he was a friend.

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 reading.

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.

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