Afonso Cruz

Born in 1971 in Figueira da Foz, years later he would 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 was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012 for his novel Kokoschka’s Doll. He wrote several awarded books, namely Jesus Christ Drank Beer and Where do Umbrellas End Up. Afonso Cruz is also the author of picture books: Like This, But Not Really Like This, The Year Book, among others. He was elected as one of the 40 talents for the future by the newspaper Expresso. He’s also an illustrator, an animated film director and member of the band The Soaked Lamb.


  • The Year Book (Alfaguara, 2009)
  • Capital (Pato Lógico, 2014)
  • The Human Contradiction (Caminho, 2010)
  • Henry the Navigator (Texto Editores, 2010)
  • Henriqueta - Darwin's Turtle (Texto Editores, 2009)
  • Galileo (Texto Editores, 2009)
  • Countries Alphabet (Oficina do Livro, 2009)
  • A Minha Primeira República (Dom Quixote, 2009)
  • The Year Book (Alfaguara, 2013)
  • Like This, But Not Really Like This (Caminho, 2013)


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