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Ndalu de Almeida (born in 1977) is a writer from Angola, writing under the pen name Ondjaki. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 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 thesis 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. Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secrets is his most recent book in English (Spring 2014, from Biblioasis).
In 2008 Ondjaki was awarded the Grinzane for Africa Prize in the category of Best Young Writer. In 2012, he was named by Zukiswa Wanner in The Guardian as one of the "top five African writers" (alongside Léonora Miano, H. J. Golakai, Chika Unigwe and Thando Mgqolozana). He is one of 39 writers aged under 40 from sub-Saharan Africa who in April 2014 were chosen as part of the Hay Festival's prestigious Africa39 project.
Awards and recognition
- 2008 Grinzane for young writer Prize - Ethiopia
- 2010 literatura em lingua portuguesa Prize - by FNLIJ, Brazil, with AvóDezanove e o segredo do soviético (available in English, in Canada)
- 2010 São Paulo Prize for Literature — Shortlisted in the Best Book of the Year category for AvóDezanove e o Segredo do Soviético
- 2010 Jabuti Prize - Brazil, with AvóDezanove e o segredo do soviético
- 2011 Caxinde do conto infantil Prize - Angola, with Ombela, a estória das chuvas
- 2012 Bissaya Barreto Prize - Portugal, with a bicicleta que tinha bigodes
- 2013 literatura em lingua portuguesa Prize - by FNLIJ, Brazil, with A bicicleta que tinha bigodes
- 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.
- 2014 literatura em lingua portuguesa Prize - by FNLIJ, Brazil, with uma escuridão bonita
- 2014 Jabuti Prize (juvenile category, 3rd place) - Brazil, with uma escuridão bonita
- Actu Sanguíneu (poesia, 2000)
- Bom Dia Camaradas (romance, 2001) - available in Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, France, Canada, USA, Serbia, Italy, Sweden (translations)
- Momentos de Aqui (contos, 2001)
- O Assobiador (novela, 2002) - available in English translation; Sweden, Italy, Argentina (translations)
- Há Prendisajens com o Xão (poesia, 2002)
- Ynari: A Menina das Cinco Tranças (infantil, 2004) - available in Sweden
- Quantas Madrugadas Tem A Noite (romance, 2004) - available in Italy
- E se Amanhã o Medo (contos, 2005) - available in Spain (translation)
- Os da minha rua (contos, 2007) - available in Switzerland and France (translation)
- Avó Dezanove e o segredo do soviético (romance, 2008) - available in English translation, Canada & US; also in Italy, Poland (translations)
- O leão e o coelho saltitão (infantil, 2008)
- Materiais para confecção de um espanador de tristezas (poesia, 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) - translations available in Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany (soon)
- Uma escuridão bonita (juvenil, 2013)
- Sonhos azuis pelas esquinas (contos, Portugal/Caminho, 2014)
- Os vivos, o morto e o peixe frito (teatro, 2014)
- O céu não sabe dançar sozinho (contos, Brazil/Lingua Geral, 2014)
- Wanner, Zukiswa (6 September 2012). "Zukiswa Wanner's top five African writers". the Guardian bookds.
- Zukiswa Wanner, "Zukiswa Wanner's top five African writers", The Guardian, 6 September 2012.
- List of writers, Africa39, Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts.
- MARCO RODRIGO ALMEIDA (29 May 2010). "Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura divulga finalistas". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Africa39 list of artists.
- Anita Theorell, Afrika har ordet (2010), Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, ISBN 978-91-7106-673-2. (Swedish)