Ondjaki was born in Luanda in 1977 and is one of the most important Portuguese-language writers in Africa. After studying sociology in Lisbon and New York, he now works on various cinema and film projects. Ondjaki has already been awarded a number of important prizes, including the Grande Prémio de Conto Camilo Castelo Branco 2008 by the Portuguese Writers' Association and the prestigious Prémio Jabuti. For his novel Os transparentes he was awarded theSaramago Prize 2013 and the Transfuge Prize as Best African Novel 2015. He has also been voted among the top 39 African writers under the age of 40 for theAfrica39 anthology project. On top of 22 books (novels, poems, a dramatic play, books for children and young readers) - not counting with participations in anthologies - Ondjaki has also published 4 short story books, namely Sonhos Azuis pelas Esquinas (2014), Os da minha rua (2007), E se amanhã o medo (2004) andMomentos de aqui (2001).