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When Did I Become a Writer?

Mia Couto

Translated by Zoë Perry

‘I am often asked when I became a writer, and I have taken to not rushing my answer.’

Mia Couto

Mia Couto is a writer and journalist born in Beira, Mozambique in 1955. He has published over twenty books, including Terra Sonâmbula (Sleepwalking Land), O Último Voo do Flamingo (The Last Flight of the Flamingo), A Varanda do Frangipani (Under the Frangipani) and Jesusalém (The Tuner of Silences), which was longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Translated by Zoë Perry

Zoë Perry is a Canadian-American translator who grew up in rural southeastern Kentucky. Having lived and worked in Brazil for four years, and for briefer periods in Portugal, France, Spain and Russia, she is currently based in the UK. She has translated work by several contemporary Portuguese-language authors including Rodrigo de Souza Leão, João Ximenes Braga, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Lourenço Mutarelli and Sérgio Rodrigues.

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