Adriana Lisboa was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has degrees in music and literature. She was hailed as a new star of Brazilian literature after the publication of her 2001 novel Symphony in White, which received the prestigious José Saramago Prize. Her novel Crow Blue, translated into English by Alison Entrekin, was chosen a book of the year by the Independent. Her poems and stories appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, Granta, Asymptote and The Indian Quarterly. Her books – novels, poetry collections, short stories and works for children – have been translated in more than twenty countries.