José Rodrigues dos Santos


The Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of seven essays and eighteen novels, including Portuguese blockbusters Codex 632, which sold 215 000 copies, The Einstein Enigma, 201 000 copies, The Seventh Seal, 205 000 copies, and The Wrath of God, 198 000 copies in Portugal. His worldwide sales exceed 3 million copies, reaching the nº1 position in bestselling charts of several countries.

José’s fiction is published or is about to be published in 20 languages. His novels The Wrath of God won the 2009 Porto Literary Club Award, and The Devil's Hand won the 2012 Best Novel Award of Portal da Literatura. His other novels, Codex 632 and The Einstein Enigma, were longlisted for the 2010 and 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

José is also a journalist and for 25 years a university professor. He works for Portuguese public television, where he presents Telejornal, RTP’s Evening News. As a reporter he has covered wars around the globe, including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Lebanon, Georgia and Libya. His latest field assignments have been the 2014 Ukranian crisis and the 2014 Iraqi war on ISIS. He has been awarded three times by CNN for his reporting and twice by the Portuguese Press Club.

José has a Ph. D. in war reporting.

He is considered by readers Portugal’s best contemporary writer, according to opinion polls by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Novelist of Portugal and the 5 Star Literary Personality of Portugal.

His latest novel, Signal of Life, has just been released and has already sold 55 000 copies. The book tells us the story of a signal from space. An unknown vessel is found fast approaching the Earth. NASA launches an urgent international mission to meet it. Waiting for its crew is the greatest mystery of existence – is life a mere accident or a cosmic imperative? Could life be the purpose of the universe?

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