(Lima, Peru, 1975) Peruvian writer. Aged two, his family was deported to Mexico by the military government. Returning to Peru years later, he published his first children’s novels and his first play, Tus amigos nunca te harían daño, which has been staged in several countries. In the year 2000 he moved to Madrid and from there to Barcelona where he currently lives. Since arriving in Spain he has worked as a screenplay writer, translator and journalist, and has gained considerable success with his novels. His novel Abril Rojo (2006) made him the youngest ever winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize. He has translated works by Genet, Gide, Theroux and others. In the year 2010 he was included by Granta on their list of Best Spanish Writers under 35, and in 2013 won the Barco de Vapor Prize for his children’s novel, El gran escape. In 2018 he published Los peores partidos de mi vida, a children’s book about football, illustrated by Víctor Aguilar.