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José Rodrigues dos Santos

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José Rodrigues dos Santos
José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of five essays and eight novels, including Portuguese blockbusters Codex 632, which sold 192 000 copies, The Einstein Enigma, 178 000 copies, The Seventh Seal, 190 000 copies, and The Wrath of God, 176 000 copies. His overall sales are above one million books, astonishing figures considering Portugal’s tiny market.

José’s fiction is published or is about to be published in 17 languages. His novel The Wrath of God won the 2009 Porto Literary Club Award and his other novel Codex 632 was longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

His first novel, The Island of Darkness, is in the process of being adapted for cinema by one of Portugal’s leading film directors, Leonel Vieira.

José is also a journalist and a university lecturer. He works for Portuguese public television, where he presents RTP’s Evening News. As a reporter he has covered wars around the globe, including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Lebanon and Georgia. He has been awarded three times by CNN for his reporting and twice by the Portuguese Press Club.

José teaches journalism at Lisbon’s New University and has a Ph. D. on war reporting.

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