Costa announces mourning on Wednesday over Eduardo Lourenço's death

The essayist Eduardo Lourenço was Grand Officer of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada, of which he also owned the Grand Cross, as well as of the Order of Infante D. Henrique and the Order of Liberty.

António Costa | Cristina Bernardo

The Prime Minister, António Costa, announced that Wednesday will be a day of national mourning, due to the death of essayist Eduardo Lourenço, at the age of 97.

“Tomorrow [Wednesday] will be a day of national mourning, on the day when we will dismiss Professor Eduardo Lourenço,” said António Costa, who was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 1st December celebrations in Lisbon.

The essayist Eduardo Lourenço, 97 years old, died today in Lisbon.

Professor, philosopher, writer, literary critic, essayist, civic interventor, several times awarded and distinguished, Eduardo Lourenço was one of the most prominent thinkers of Portuguese culture.

Eduardo Lourenço Faria was born on May 23, 1923, in S. Pedro do Rio Seco, in the municipality of Almeida, district of Guarda.

"The Labyrinth of Saudade", "Fernando, King of Our Bavaria", "The Military and the Power" are some of his main works.

He received the Camões Prize (1996), the Virgílio Ferreira Prize (2001) and the Pessoa Prize (2011).

He was a Grand Officer of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada, of which he also had the Grand Cross, as well as of the Order of Infante D. Henrique and the Order of Liberty.

He was an Officer of the National Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and the Legion of Honor of France.

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