Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973) is the author of two volumes of short stories, The All Saints’ Day Lovers and Canciones para el incendio, and five novels: The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, The Sound of Things Falling (winner of the Alfaguara prize in Spain, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori in Italy and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, amongst others), Reputations (winner of the Premio Real Academia Española and the Prémio Casa de América de Lisboa), and La forma de las ruinas (winner of the Prémio Casino de Póvoa and shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize). He has also published two volumes of literary essays: El arte de la distorsión and Viajes con un mapa en blanco. He is the recipient of the Prix Roger Caillois and has twice been awarded the Premio Simón Bolívar for journalism. He has translated works by Joseph Conrad and Victor Hugo, amongst others, into Spanish. His work is published in 28 languages worldwide.