José Luís Peixoto

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José Luís Peixoto (1974) is one of Portugal’s most acclaimed and bestselling novelists. His first novel “Nenhum Olhar” (published as “Blank Gaze” in the UK by Bloomsbury and as “The Implacable Order of Things” in the USA by Doubleday/Anchor/Random House) won the Jose Saramago Literary Award, delivered every two years for the best novel written in all portuguese-speaking countries, and was selected by Financial Times as one of their best books of 2007. In the USA, it was part of ‘Discover Great New Writer’ selection by Barnes & Noble. In 2010, Peixoto published the novel “Livro”, which won the literary award Libro d’Europa in Italy and was short-listed in the Femina Award (France). In 2012, he published “Dentro do Segredo, Uma Viagem na Coreia do Norte” (‘Inside the Secret, A journey in North Korea’) his first work of non-fiction. In 2016, his novel “Galveias” won the literary award Prémio Oceanos, delivered to the best novel published in all portuguese-speaking countries in 2015. Peixoto’s poetry and short-stories have appeared in a great number of anthologies on dozens of languages. All his novels have been internationally acclaimed and, so far, have been translated in 26 languages.   Photo by Patrícia Pinto.

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