Afonso Cruz copyright Paulo Sousa Coelho

AFONSO CRUZ (PORTUGAL) was born in 1971 in Figueira da Foz and has so far visited more than sixty countries. He studied at the António Arroio Art School, the Lisbon Faculty of Visual Arts and the Institute for Visual Arts of Madeira. His first novel, A Carne de Deus: Aventuras de Conrado Fortes e Lola Benites, was published in 2008, and it was followed in 2009 by Enciclopédia da estória universal, which won the Camilo Castelo Branco Grand Prize. In 2011, two of his books were published: Os livros que devoraram o meu pai and A contradição humana. He was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012 for his novel A bonea de Kokoschka. Jesus Cristo bebia cerveja was considered the Best Portuguese Novel of the Year by Time Out Lisbon magazine and the Best Novel of 2012 by the readers of the distinguished newspaper Público. He was elected as one of the 40 talents for the future by the newspaper Expresso. In 2013, he released Enciclopédia da estória universal – arquivos de Dresner, O livro do ano and lastly Para onde vão os guarda-chuvas, winner of the 2014 Portuguese Society for Authors Award in the Literature category and widely considered his best novel yet. His book Capital was awarded the 2014 Portuguese National Award for Illustration. He has a monthly column, Parallax, in the arts newspaper Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias. Afonso Cruz is also an illustrator, an animated film director and member of the band The Soaked Lamb.

Photography: Paulo Sousa Coelho