José Luís Peixoto
José Luis Peixoto was born in 1974 in the small Portuguese village of Alentejo. He teaches languages and contemporary literature and is also a journalist and literary critic. He is the author of seven works of fiction and poetry. Blank Gaze, published by Bloomsbury in November 2007 and in paperback in November 2008, is his first novel, and has been published to critical acclaim around the world for its fresh, unique and utterly moving style of storytelling.