Héctor Abad Faciolince was born in Medellin, Colombia. He studied Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Turin (Italy). He has been a columnist for Semana magazine and he currently contributes regularly to El Espectador, El País and Letras Libres magazine. He is Head Librarian at the Eafit University library. Apart from essays, translations and literary criticism, he has also published the following books: Asuntos de un hidalgo disoluto, Tratado de culinaria para mujeres tristes, Fragmentos de amor furtivo, Angosta, Oblivion: A Memoir and La Oculta.
His third novel, Basura
, won the 1 st Casa de América Prize for Innovative Fiction, in Spain. He has also published a poetry book, Testamento involuntario,
and a book of fiction, Traiciones de la memoria
. In 2018 he was co-decorated with the Order of Isabella I, which is given in recognition of outstanding fiction writing. Lo que fue presente
is the third book he has published with Penguin Random House.
(Courtesy of Penguin Random House Colombia)