Portuguese author, born in Lisbon, in 1949. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Philology form the Lisbon Faculty of Letters and a post-graduation is Classical Theater. Her work, very versatile in terms of genre and style, includes novel, novella, short story, theater, poetry and juvenile literature. She made her debut with O Separar das Águas (1981) and O Número dos Vivos (1982). A Casa Eterna (1999, Máxima Prize for Literature), Lillias Fraser (2001, Pen Club Fiction Prize and D. Dinis Prize), Bastardia (2005, Máxima Prize for Literature), Adoecer (2010, Inês de Castro Foundation Prize) and Vinte Degraus e Outros Contos (2014, Camilo Castelo Branco Short Story Grand Prize) are some of her titles in the fiction domain. In 2012, she released A Terceira Miséria (Correntes d’Escritas Prize in 2013), a book containing a single long poem divided in several parts, which is a reading of the present in the light of Ancient Greece’s lesson and marked her return to poetry after A Pequena Morte / Esse Eterno Canto (1986), in collaboration with Jaime Rocha. In 2015, she received the Camões Prize, the most important literary prize for Portuguese-speaking authors.