Juan Gabriel Vásquez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1973. His books include
The Secret History of Costaguana (winner of the Qwerty Prize in Barcelona),
The Sound of Things Falling (winner of the Alfaguara prize in Spain, the English PEN Award in the UK, the Gregor von Rezzori prize in Italy, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and
Las Reputaciones (winner of the Premio Arzobispo Juan de San Clemente, to be published in English in 2016). His short-story collection
Los amantes de Todos los Santos (The Lovers of All Saints' Day) will be published in the United Kingdom next year.
He is the recipient of the Prix Roger Caillois, previously awarded to writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, and Roberto Bolaño, amongst others. He has translated works by EM Forster, John Dos Passos and Victor Hugo, amongst others, into Spanish. His work is being published in twenty-two languages worldwide.