Fernando Pinto do Amaral, writer, poet, literary critic and translator, was born in Lisbon in 1960. He is a Professor at the University of Lisbon, where he has been teaching since 1987. He is currently in charge of the National Reading Plan (Ministry of Education) of Portugal. Amaral’s publications include six books of poems, two books of essays, two volumes of fiction, and two books for children. He has translated into Portuguese Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Verlaine’s Poèmes Saturniens and the complete poetical work of Jorge Luis Borges.