José Eduardo Agualusa featured at Livraria Lello

On July 23, at 9 pm, Livraria Lello receives José Eduardo Agualusa for an intimate conversation about his work.
José Eduardo Agualusa featured at Livraria Lello
The month of July, at Livraria Lello, is dedicated to one of the most important writers in Portuguese today. On the 23rd, at 9:00 pm, the awarded author José Eduardo Agualusa will have a conversation with Tiago Dias, editor of Culture at Agência Lusa, at the “Author of the Month”. The moment will be broadcast live on Livraria Lello's Facebook and Youtube.

With a literary career that spans more than three decades, José Eduardo Agualusa is the author of novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, and plays, translated into more than 30 languages. A widely recognized and awarded work that will soon be released to the cinema as well.

Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (2012) is one of the author's most acclaimed books and will be adapted for film. The novel will give rise to The Oblivion Theory, by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, a fictional narrative transposed from Angola to the Gaza Strip, during the first Intifada (1987-1993).

Agualusa has a successful path that extends to her most recent novel, Os Vivos e os Outros. Written in November 2019, the book tells a story with curious coincidences with reality. The Angolan writer imagines Ilha de Moçambique, where he lives, isolated from the rest of the world. The history of confinement ended months before the first cases of covid-19, whose pandemic was to confine the world.

A career filled with awards

José Eduardo Agualusa's first novel, A Conjura (1989), received the Prémio Revelação Sonangol, right in the year of its release. With Nação Crioula (1997) he was distinguished with the Grande Prémio Literário RTP. Fronteiras Perdidas (1999) won the Grande Prémio de Conto Camilo Castelo Branco from the Portuguese Association of Writers, and Estranhões e Bizarrocos (2000) won the Grande Prémio Gulbenkian de Literatura para Crianças e Jovens, in 2002.

As early as 2007, O Vendedor de Passados ​​(2004) became the first book by an African writer to win the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, promoted by The Independent, in collaboration with the UK Arts Council.

Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (2012) was awarded the Fernando Namora Prize, in 2013, was a finalist for the Man Booker International, in 2016, and won the International Dublin Literary Award, in 2017.


José Eduardo Agualusa work in numbers:
  • 32 published works
  • 7 prizes awarded
  • 30 languages ​​in which his work is translated