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Luís Cardoso


Luis Cardoso was born in 1958 in Cailaco in East Timor. His father was a paramedic. He grew up speaking Tetum and learned Portuguese at school. He studied at a Jesuit seminary, where several members of Fretilin also studied. He went to Lisbon to study forestry management. One of his fellow students was the writer José Eduardo Agualusa. After qualifying in law, environmental politics and maths, he became the representative of the National Council of Maubere Resistance, a group set up to resist the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. (Maubere is the Tetum for peasant.) He campaigned in Spain, Portugal and Brazil for this group. His first novel was the first full-length novel by an East Timorese. He continued to work for East Timorese independence and to publish novels.

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Luís Cardoso
Luís Cardoso (in Portuguese)
Luís Cardoso de Noronha (in Portuguese)
Luís Cardoso de Noronha (in Portuguese)
Luís Cardoso e a vivência da diáspora: nota sobre a literatura de Timor Leste (in Portuguese)


1997 Crónica de uma travessia: A época do ai-dik-funam (The Crossing)
2002 Olhos de coruja, olhos de gato bravo
2003 A última morte do coronel Santiago
2007 Requiem para o navegador solitário
2013 O ano em que Pigafetta completou a circum-navegação
2017 Para onde vão os gatos quando morrem?
2020 O plantador de abóboras