Dulce Maria Cardoso is a Portuguese writer, who spent her childhood in Luanda, Angola after her parents moved there when she was an infant. Her family returned to Portugal following the Angolan War of Independence in 1975. She studied law at the University of Lisbon and worked as a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. Her first novel, Campo de Sangue, won the Grand Prize Acontece de Romance, O Meus Sentimentos won the EU Prize for Literature and O Chao dos Pardais won the Portuguese Pen Club Award. The Return is her fourth novel.
A captivating coming-of-age novel inspired by the author's own story. * Livres Hebdo * Dulce Maria Cardoso hits the perfect note on every page ... It is this strikingly vivid realisation of the story, free from demagoguery or omission, that makes The Return such a welcome novel -- Pedro Mexia * Expresso * A finely tuned narrative and a clarity of style that is absolutely remarkable -- Jose Mario Silva * Ler * It is writers like Dulce Maria Cardoso who should be included in the pantheon of the greatest authors -- Joao Bonifacio * Publico * The most important novelist of her generation -- Jose Rico Direitinho * Publico *