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José Luís Peixoto

José Luís Marques Peixoto (born September 4, 1974) is one of Portugal's most acclaimed and bestselling contemporary novelists.

José Luís Peixoto
José Luís Peixoto in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAMl
José Luís Peixoto in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAMl
Born (1974-09-04) September 4, 1974 (age 45)
Galveias, Ponte de Sor
OccupationNovelist, poet and playwright
Notable worksMorreste-me; Nenhum Olhar; Cemitério de Pianos", Livro, Dentro do Segredo, Galveias, Em Teu Ventre
Notable awardsPrémio José Saramago (2001)
Prémio Cálamo Outra Mirada (2007)
Prémio de Poesia Daniel Faria (2008)
Prémio Libro d' Europa (2013)

Prémio Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (2013)
Prémio Oceanos (2016)

The Best Translation Award-Japan (2019)


José Luis Peixoto was born in a small village from the south interior of Portugal, in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. He finished a degree on Modern Languages and Literature in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was a teacher for some years in Portugal and in Cabo Verde before becoming a professional writer in 2001.


  • Galveias - The Best Translation Award-Japan 2019 (Best foreign novel translated into japanese in 2018)
  • Galveias - Prémio Oceanos 2016 (Best novel published in all Portuguese-speaking countries in 2015)
  • Livro - Prémio Libro d'Europa 2013 (Best novel published in Europe in 2012)
  • A Criança em Ruínas- Prémio da Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores 2013 (Best poetry book published in Portugal on the previous year)
  • Gaveta de Papéis - Prémio de Poesia Daniel Faria 2008 (Best poetry book published in Portugal by a poet under 35 years old)
  • Cemitério de Pianos - Prémio Cálamo 2007 (Best foreign novel published in Spain in 2007)
  • Nenhum Olhar - Prémio Literário José Saramago 2001 (Best novel published in all Portuguese speaking countries on the two previous years)

International EditionsEdit

  • Peixoto's books are currently translated into 26 languages.
  • Here are some of the publishing houses where Peixoto's books are available: Bloomsbury (UK), Doubleday, Random House (US), Grasset (France), Seuil (France), Literatura Random House (Spanish-speaking countries), Companhia das Letras (Brazil), Einaudi (Italy), Kedros (Greece), Meulenhoff (Nederlands), Atlas Contact (Nederlands), Kineret (Israel), Wsoy (Finland), Polirom (Romania), Bozicevic (Croatia), Bakur Sulakauri (Georgia), among others.


'Peixoto is one of the most surprising revelations in recent Portuguese literature. I have no doubts that he is the safe promise of a great writer' – José Saramago

‘Peixoto has an extraordinary way of perceiving, conveyed in his original choices of language and imagery’ – Times Literary Supplement

“Splendidly demanding.... The images Peixoto evokes in helping his characters communicate without words are singular and unforgettable.... Nature appears to prevail as the governing force, and Peixoto's brilliance and power as an artist are precisely in his desire to mimic nature's ability to create and destroy simultaneously.”—San Francisco Chronicle"

“Peixoto offers an appealing addition to the genre of rural magical realism…. [A] poignant debut."—Kirkus Reviews

“You read and breathe as if you were downing a bottle of life in one gulp.”—Le Figaro (about Blank Gaze)

‘Peixoto has an acute ear for cadence, a sharp eye for the luminous image and a good nose for the pungent’ – Independent

'Peixoto's evocation of pathos is tempered by a keen sense of the absurd' – Financial Times

“Peixoto comes from the world of poetry and of the theatre. And this can be sensed here. His pages, purified in the lyrical prose that makes them unique, introduce us to a rural space burned by the sun, inhabited by the singing of the cicadas and suspended in a mythical time where each action has a biblical inevitability.”—Vogue Italia



  • 2000 - Morreste-me (fiction, narrative)
  • 2000 - Nenhum Olhar (novel), translated into English as Blank Gaze or The implacable order of things, 2007, by Richard Zenith
  • 2002 - Uma Casa na Escuridão (novel)
  • 2003 - Antídoto (fiction, narrative)
  • 2006 - Cemitério de Pianos (novel)
  • 2008 - Cal (fiction, narrative)
  • 2010 - Livro (novel)
  • 2011 - Abraço (memoir, narrative)
  • 2014 - Galveias (novel)
  • 2015 - Em Teu Ventre (novel)
  • 2019 - Autobiografia (novel)


  • 2001 - A Criança em Ruínas
  • 2002 - A Casa, a Escuridão
  • 2008 - Gaveta de Papéis


  • 2012 - Dentro do Segredo- Uma viagem na Coreia do Norte (memoir of his travels in North Korea)
  • 2017 - O Caminho Imperfeito

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