As an author whose work has garnered nominations from several of Brazil’s top literary prizes and accolades from Granta, the prestigious magazine of new writing, Julián Fuks has gained recognition as one of the country’s most outstanding young writers. Currently also a critic and translator, Fuks was determined to become a writer from an early age. He graduated in journalism from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 2004 and soon began working as a literary reporter and critic for Folha de S. Paulo, one of Latin America’s biggest-selling newspapers. In 2009, he received a master’s degree in Latin American Literature from USP where, in mid-2016, he expects to complete his doctorate in literary theory. Of the five books he has written, Fuks calls his latest novel, A resistência (Resistance, 2015), his most important work, one in which he intended to combine linguistic precision and lyricism in a family history with a powerful plot and political overtones. It is the poetic quality, as well as the social awareness and political relevance of the works of his mentor Mia Couto that Fuks hopes to develop while writing his latest novel ─ provisionally titled Os olhos dos outros (The Others’ Eyes) ─ during their year together. He anticipates that his time with Couto will be a “transformative experience”.