José Gardeazabal

Portuguese Guest

José Gardeazabal was born and lives in Lisbon, and has lived, studied and worked in Luanda, Aveiro, Boston and Los Angeles. His first book, history of the twentieth century [história do século vinte], published in 2016, won the Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda/Vasco Graça Moura Award for Poetry, having been lauded by the poet José Tolentino Mendonça as “an unusual, outstanding and vertiginous exercise, that takes literature to a whole new place”. Also in 2016, he published Dictionary of Ready-Made Thoughts in Literature [Dicionário de Ideias Feitas em Literatura], a collection of short prose. A Trilogy of Looking [Trilogia do Olhar] is his first book of plays. From 2017, José is part the European project CELA — Connecting Emerging Literary Artists, that involves authors, translators and literary professionals from Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Romania. In 2018, he published his first novel, Half Man Half a Whale (Companhia das Letras). Photo: Booktailors / Bookoffice

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