Afonso Cruz - Bionote

21 Afonso Cruz

Afonso Cruz Born in 1971 in Figueira da Foz, he would later come to visit more than 60 countries. He studied at the António Arroio Art School, the Lisbon Faculty of Visual Arts and the Institute for Visual Arts of Madeira. He published in 2009 his second book, The Encyclopedia of the World Story, an assembly of short fictions that won the Camilo Castelo Branco Grand Prize. Having published two more books in 2011, he was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012 for his novel Kokoschka’s Doll. Jesus Christ Drank Beer was considered the Best Portuguese Novel of the Year by Time Out Lisbon magazine and the Best Novel of 2012 by the readers of newspaper of reference Público. In 2013, he released The Encyclopedia of the World Story: The Dresner Archives, The Year Book, and lastly Where do Umbrellas End Up - winner of the 2014 Portuguese Society for Authors Award in the Literature category and widely considered his best novel yet. He has a monthly column, “Parallax” in the arts newspaper Jornal de Letras, Artes e Ideias. He’s also an illustrator, an animated film director and member of the band The Soaked Lamb.