Alberto da Costa e Silva
|Occupation||Historian, poet, former diplomat|
Alberto da Costa e Silva (born 12 May 1931, in São Paulo) is a Brazilian historian, poet and former diplomat. He won the 2014 Camões Prize.
He was ambassador of Brazil in Portugal from 1986 to 1990, in Colombia from 1990 to 1993 and in Paraguay from 1993 to 1995.
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