José Eduardo Agualusa was born at an altitude of two thousand meters, under the most beautiful sky in the world, in the city of Huambo, in the heart of Angola. He has lived in Luanda, Lisbon, Olinda, Rio de Janeiro and Berlin. In recent years he has spent more time on Ilha de Moçambique (Mozambique Island), in northern Mozambique, where he writes, swims, and raises a daughter named Kianda. He has two other children, Vera Regina and Carlos Manuel.

Agualusa who writes in Portuguese has fifteen novels that have been published in more than thirty countries. One of these, A General Theory of Oblivion, won the International Dublin Literary Award 2017 and was a finalist for the International Man Booker Prize. With a previous novel, O Vendedor de Passados, he won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.’