Mia Couto was born in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955. He published his first work, “Raíz de Orvalho” (Dew Root) in 1983. In 1986 he starts his path of reinvention of the Portuguese language - "falinventar" (talkinvent) - with the storybook “Vozes Anoitecidas” (Nightfallen Voices). Presently, in addition to being a writer, Mia Couto is a biologist and professor. He is the most translated Mozambican author, with books published in more than 20 countries.
He has received many honours, including a nomination for “Terra Sonâmbula” (Sleepwalking Land) as one of the twelve best African books of the twentieth century, at the International Book Fair of Zimbabwe, and the Virgil Ferreira Prize, for his work as a whole, in 1999. In 2011, Mia Couto was awarded the Eduardo Lourenço Prize by the Centre for Iberian Studies.