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MÁRIO PRATA

"Mario Prata’s humor and unique talent have transformed what might have been just one more boring dictionary into a delightful dip into the Portuguese soul. It is also a literary report on the first great revolution that this country has experienced in the past seven centuries: Portugal’s triumphant entrance into the First World through the doors of European unification. Each of the 600 entries is accompanied by the author’s recollection of a moment experienced during his two years of voluntary exile in Cascais. On all, without exception, we find the registered trademark of one of the most brilliant and creative authors of the Portuguese language."
Fernando Morais. Prefácio. In: PRATA, Mario. Schifaizfavoire: Dicionário de Português

"There can be a certain timidity about tenderness. But not one to believe this, Mário Prata showers tenderness without timidity on the four characters in his play Cordão Umbilical. (…) At no moment can this tenderness and lyricism be labeled sentimentalism or corn. The performers in O Cordão know that a tenuous border separates strong emotion from cheap tears. They stand firmly in the territory of good taste and restraint."
José Marcio Penido, Revista Veja, 18/10/1972