António Lobo Antunes (born in Lisbon in 1942) is one of the handful of Portuguese writers who is named regularly as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Lobo Antunes emerged in the 1980s as one of Portugal's most important post-revolutionary authors. He graduated in Medecine and later specialised in Psychiatry. He has devoted his life to both the practice of medicine and the writing of a number of books. He was awarded the Portuguese Writers' Association (APE) Grand Prize in 1985 for the novel "Auto dos Danados" (Act of the Damned) and, in 2000, for "Exortação aos Crocodilos" (Exhortation to the Crocodiles). His work has been widely translated, especially in Northern Europe.