Mia Couto

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Mia Couto, born in Beira/Mozambique in 1955, is among the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa. After studying medicine and biology in Maputo, he worked as a journalist. Besides writing, he is now a biologist and teaches at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. In 2013, Mia Couto was awarded the Camões Prize for Literature 2013 and the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014. He was among the six finalists of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 with his body of work and 2017 his novel CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2020, he won the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature for his trilogy THE SANDS OF THE EMPEROR. His books have been published in over 30 languages. Have a look at the author’s homepage:  miacouto.org   Photo copyright: Alfredo Cunha