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Gonçalo M. Tavares

Gonçalo M. Tavares is widely hailed as one of the leading lights of modern Portuguese literature. He was born in Luanda, Angola in 1970 where his parents were teaching at the time, but grew up in Portugal. His work has […]

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João Ricardo Pedro

João Ricardo Pedro was born in 1973 in Reboleira, Amadora. Curious about the Lorentz force, he went on to study electrotechnical engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. For more than ten years João worked in telecommunications, never having to […]

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José Luís Peixoto

José Luis Peixoto was born in 1974 in a small village in the Alentejo region. He has written over ten works of literature – fiction, poetry and plays – as well as writing literary journalism and song lyrics for bands. In 2001, […]

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Francisco José Viegas

Francisco José Viegas (b. 1962) is a Portuguese writer of novels, poetry, and travel books who has also worked as a journalist and in publishing. In 2011, he was elected to the Portuguese parliament, the Assembly,  and became the Culture Secretary […]

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Miguel Esteves Cardoso

Considered by many to be the enfant terrible of Portuguese literature, Miguel Esteves Cardoso was born in Lisbon in 1955 to a Portuguese father and English mother. A writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, and music critic, among many other things, MEC […]

The writer Ana Teresa Pereira

Ana Teresa Pereira

Ana Teresa Pereira was born in Funchal, on the island of Madeira, where she still lives and writes. In 1989 she published her first novel, Matar a Imagem (Killing the Image), which won the Caminho Crime Writing Prize. Over two decades and more […]

the Portuguese author Mario-Henrique Leiria

Mário-Henrique Leiria

In his own words from the author’s biography in Gin and Tonic Tales: ‘Mário-Henrique Leiria was born in Lisbon in 1923. He went to the Escola de Belas Artes, and left rather hastily. Between 1949 and 1951 he was part of […]

Portuguese author Rui Zink

Rui Zink

Rui Zink was born in Lisbon in 1961. He is a writer, university lecturer and cultural commentator. He has published eight novels including his debut Hotel Lusitano (1987, re-released in 2011), Os Surfistas (The Surfers, 2001), Dádiva divina (Gift from God, which won the 2005 Portuguese […]

Rui Cardoso Martins

Rui Cardoso Martins

Rui Cardoso Martins is a Portuguese writer whose works include long and short fiction, screenplays, TV comedy shows (including a popular puppetry series of political satire) and award-winning journalism. Born in Portalegre in 1967, he published his first novel in […]

Mia Couto

Mia Couto

Mia Couto was born of Portuguese parents in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955. In 1974, he went to Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) to study medicine, but became involved in nationalist politics immediately before and after the coup in Lisbon, which brought […]

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