José Eduardo Agualusa

José Eduardo Agualusa [Alves da Cunha], born 1960 in Huambo, Angola, spends most of his time in Portugal, Angola and Brazil, working as a writer and journalist. His books have been translated into 25 languages.

So far five of his books have been translated to English: « Creole » (2002, Arcadia. Orig.: « Nação crioula »), « The Book of Chameleons » (2006, Arcadia, UK; 2008, Simon & Schuster, USA. Orig.:« O Vendedor de Passados »), « My father’s wives » (2008, Arcadia. Orig.: « As mulheres do meu pai »), « Rainy Season » (2009, Arcadia. Orig.: « Estação das Chuvas ») and “General Theory of Oblivion” (2015,Penguim Random House 2015, Archipelago Books. Orig.: “Teoria Geral do Esquecimento”)

He also wrote five plays, “W generation”, “Aquela mulher”, “Chovem amores na Rua do Matador”,”A Caixa Preta” and “O terrorista elegante”, the last three written with Mia Couto.

He received three literary grants. One from the Centro Nacional da Cultura in 1997 to write Creole, the second one in 2000 from the Fundação do Oriente, allowed him to stay three months in Goa and write « Um estranho em Goaa » and the third one in 2001 from Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, allowed him to live one year in Berlin where he wrote « O Ano em que Zumbi Tomou o Rio ». In the begining of 2009 Agualusa completed his novel « Barroco tropical » in Amsterdam, while living in the residency for writers, a joint initiative by the Dutch Foundation for Litterature and the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature.

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José Eduardo Agualusa
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