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Born in Figueira da Foz, Afonso is an all-round talent: author, illustrator, filmmaker and member of the band The Soaked Lamb, for whom he writes, sings and plays various instruments. He started off studying art and is known for his multidisciplinary approach – and for being exceptionally well-travelled! Amongst his 40 or so books he has published the novels The Books that Devoured my Father (tr. Margaret Jull Costa, Dedalus, 2020), and Kokoschka’s Doll, which won the European Union Prize for Literature.
FEATURED BOOK: Kokoschka’s Doll. Tr. by Rahul Bery, MacLehose 2021. The story of two Dresden families, fractured and displaced by the 1945 Dresden bombing, their fates intertwined and bound to that of a life-sized doll belonging to artist Oskar Kokoschka.