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Gonçalo M. Tavares

Writer, playwright and poet.

He studied Physics and Art and taught Epistemology at the Technical University of Lisbon. He is considered the best Portuguese writer of his generation and one of the most influential writers in Europe, with a highly original personal literary world that has received enormous praise from the critics. Among his prolific output we find various series of novels, such as the tetralogy of “black books” which aim to investigate the role of evil, made up of Klaus Klump: A Man (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014), Joseph Walser’s Machine (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012), Jerusalem (Dalkey Archive Press, 2009) and Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011). Other highlights are Voyage to India (Dalkey Archive Press, 2016) and the series of ten short tales that aim to provide a history based on fiction, grouped together in English as The Neighborhood (Texas Tech University, 2012). In 2018 he published Enciclopedia (Xordica; partially published in Catalan by Periscopi), a meta-narrative proposal that includes his “Brief notes” series and is added to his extensive body of work, translated into some thirty languages. His most recent work published in Spanish is Animalescos (Killer21, 2019) a collection of stories bordering the essay and the narrative. 


Update: 30 April 2020



Europe City

Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space

Has participated in

A Conversation with Gonçalo Tavares and Tina Vallès

Updating the Important

Kosmopolis 2019

10th Amplified Literature Fest

Cities and Travel, sources of Europe

Lecture by Gonçalo M. Tavares