In The Society of Reluctant Dreamers, Daniel dreams of Julio Cortázar in the form of an ancient giant cedar, his friend Hossi transforming into a dark crow, and most often of the Cotton-Candy-Hair-Woman, Moira, staring right back at him. After emails back-and-forth, Moira and Daniel meet, and Daniel becomes involved in a mysterious project with a Brazilian neuroscientist, who's creating a machine to photograph people's dreams. Set against the dense web of Angola's political history, Daniel crosses the hazy border between dream and reality, sleepwalking towards a twisted and entirely strange present.
Winner of the 2019 Angolan National Prize for Culture and Arts
One of Financial Times Best Books of 2019
"False memories and clairvoyant dreams combine in Agualusa's sweeping, intricately plotted tale of personal and political history in Angola...While the dense and tangled story, rife with diary entries, recounted personal histories, and thinly drawn tertiary characters, is almost too short for its own good, Agualusa manages to pull off a deeply satisfying ending...(a) populous, multilayered commentary on the fogs of love and war." -- Publishers Weekly
"A nimble investigation into the liminal spaces between collective unconscious, lived experience, and political reality, The Society of Reluctant Dreamers is an epistemic jaunt through postcolonial Angola. I enjoyed every moment of this stirring and surreal book." -- Katharine Solheim, Words Without Borders
"It's a winning novel, a fundamental ebullience simmering under the story and then coming out full force...An enjoyable read, and interesting glimpse of contemporary Angola." -- M. A. Orthofer, Complete Review
"Cross J.M. Coetzee with Gabriel García Márquez and you've got José Eduardo Agualusa, Portugal's next candidate for the Nobel Prize." - Alan Kaufman, author of Matches
"Without doubt one of the most important Portuguese-language writers of his generation." - António Lobo Antunes