Ndalu de Almeida (born in 1977) is a writer from Angola, writing under the pen name Ondjaki. He lives in Luanda, the capital of the country, and has written poetry, children's books, short stories, novels, drama and film scripts.
Ondjaki studied sociology at the University of Lisbon, and wrote his graduation paper about Angolan writer Luandino Vieira. His literary debut came in 2000 with the poetry book Actu Sanguíneu, which was followed up with the childhood memoir Bom dia camaradas (”Good Morning, Comrades”) in 2001. To date (2010) he has published five novels, three collections of short stories, four collections of poetry and three children's books. He has also made a documentary film, May Cherries Grow, about his native city. His books have been translated to French, Spanish, Italian, German, Serbian, English, Polish and Swedish. In 2008 Ondjaki was awarded the Grinzane for Africa Prize in the category of Best Young Writer. In 2012, The Guardian named him one of its Top Five African Writers. Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secrets is his newest book to the English language and is slated for publication in the Spring of 2014 from Biblioasis.
Awards and recognition
- 2010 São Paulo Prize for Literature — Shortlisted in the Best Book of the Year category for AvóDezanove e o Segredo do Soviético
- 2013 José Saramago Prize - with Os Transparentes
- 2014 Selected as part of the Hay Festival's prestigious Africa39 project featuring 39 writers from sub-Saharan Africa aged under 40.
- Actu Sanguíneu (poesia, 2000)
- Bom Dia Camaradas (romance, 2001)
- Momentos de Aqui (contos, 2001)
- O Assobiador (novela, 2002)
- Há Prendisajens com o Xão (poesia, 2002)
- Ynari: A Menina das Cinco Tranças (infantil, 2004)
- Quantas Madrugadas Tem A Noite (romance, 2004)
- E se Amanhã o Medo (contos, 2005)
- Os da minha rua (contos, 2007)
- Avó Dezanove e o segredo do soviético (romance, 2008)
- O leão e o coelho saltitão (infantil, 2008)
- Materiais para confecção de um espanador de tristezas (poesia, 2009)
- Os vivos, o morto e o peixe-frito (Ed. Brasileira / Teatro, 2009)
- O voo do Golfinho (infantil, 2009)
- Dentro de mim faz Sul, seguido de Acto sanguíneo (poesia, 2010)
- A bicicleta que tinha bigodes (juvenil, 2011)
- Os transparentes (romance, 2012)
- Uma escuridão bonita (juvenil, 2013)
- Anita Theorell, Afrika har ordet (2010), Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, ISBN 978-91-7106-673-2. (Swedish)
- MARCO RODRIGO ALMEIDA (29 May 2010). "Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura divulga finalistas". Folha de São Paulo. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Africa39 list of artists.
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