José Rodrigues dos Santos


The Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of seven essays and thirteen novels, including Portuguese blockbusters Codex 632, which sold 211 000 copies, The Einstein Enigma, 197 000 copies, The Seventh Seal, 202 000 copies, and The Wrath of God, 195 000 copies in Portugal. His overall sales in the world are above two million copies, reaching the nº1 position in betselling 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.

His first novel, The Island of Darkness, is in the process of being adapted for cinema by one of Portugal’s leading film directors, Leonel Vieira.

José is also a journalist and a university lecturer. He works for Portuguese public television, where he presents 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 assignments on the field 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 teaches journalism at Lisbon’s New University and has a Ph. D. on war reporting.

He was elected by readers the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Novelist of Portugal.

His latest novels, The Man from Constantinople and A Millionaire in Lisbon, have just been released and altogether have already sold 190 000 copies. The books tell the story of an Armenian who escapes Turkish persecution in the final days of the Ottoman Empire and eventually becomes the richest man in the world. Based on historical events, both The Man from Constantinople and A Millionaire in Lisbon lead us to the heart of the events that shaped the 20th century.

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