José Rodrigues dos Santos


The Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of seven essays and fourteen 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 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 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 in 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. 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 novels, The Lotus Flowers and The Purple Pavillion, have just been released and have already sold 135 000 copies. Karl Marx announces the coming revolution. The prophecy shakes the world. Lenin takes over Russia and Mussolini becomes Italy’s Duce. The world turns into a very dangerous place. Satake Fukui grows in Japan and sees ultra militarism everywhere, while blue-eyed Chinese Lian-hua is kidnapped by Mao Zedong and witnesses the clash between Communists and Nationalists. Young Nadezhda lives in Russia under the Bolsheviks and its terrifying collectivization programme, whereas Artur watches democracy crumbling in Portugal and the rise of dictator Salazar. Four characters, four stories, four destines. Can an idea change the world? Based on true historic events, The Lotus Flowers and The Purple Pavilion show us how a generous political concept can bring humankind to the edge of the abyss.

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