Mia Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955, is one of the most prominent writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa. His books, infused with magical realism and deeply rooted in the political upheavals, languages and narratives of his native land, have been published in more than 20 countries.
In 2014 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He has won the Camões Prize (the most prestigious Portuguese-language award), the Latin Union Prize, and the Vergílio Ferreira Prize, amongst others. His novel Sleepwalking Land was voted one of the 12 best African books of the 20th century at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. He lives in Maputo, where he works as a biologist.