Gonçalo M. Tavares (born in 1970 in Angola) made his literary debut in 2001 and is one of the foremost contemporary Portuguese writers. His work embraces diverse literary forms including drama, poetry, short prose, novels and essays. One of his most famous works is a series of four novels entitled O Reino (The Kingdom), one of which, Jerusalem, won the José Saramago Prize in 2005. His short prose cycle O Bairro (The Neighbourhood) is inhabited by famous protagonists taken from literary history, amongst them, Italo Calvino, Bertolt Brecht and Paul Valéry. Tavares’ books have been widely translated around the world and he has been awarded many national and international literary awards. Besides his work as a writer, he teaches epistemology at the University of Lisbon.