Lídia Jorge is one of the most representative writers of the post-revolution generation in Portugal. She was born in 1946 in Algarve, has a degree in Romanic Philology from Lisbon University, and spent years as a secondary high school teacher in both Angola and Mozambique during the last period of the Portuguese Colonial War in Africa. Her first novel, O Dia dos Prodígios (The Day of Prodigies) is now thought to represent the beginning of a new phase in modern Portuguese literature. Jorge has published several other novels and anthologies, which have been published in Brazil and translated into Spanish, French, English, German, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Swedish, and other languages, and has received various literary prizes. In 2006, she was awarded Germany’s first International Albatroz Literature Prize by the Günter Grass Foundation.