António Lobo Antunes comes from a wealthy medical family with Brazilian and German roots. In 1971-73 he worked as a doctor in the colonial war in Angola; then, on his return, he worked in the hospital as a psychiatrist. Since 1985, he has devoted himself to writing only. He is one of the most original and most prolific Portuguese authors (he has written almost 30 novels), several times nominated for the Nobel Prize. His novel The Land at the End of the World (Os Cus de Judas) was translated into Czech in 2002.