(Bogota, 1945) He studied at the Gimnasio Moderno and the Universidad Javeriana, where he graduated in Law. In 1964 he began working for El Tiempo. He also worked as editor of Cambio 16 in Spain, where he has lived since 1986. He has published articles and columns in many newspapers and magazines in the Americas and Europe. He is also a television screenplay writer and translator. He has published more than thirty books, mainly humour and journalism texts. His first novel was Impávido coloso (2003). He has won awards such as the Maria Moors Cabot Prize (University of Columbia, New York), the Rey de España (Spain), the Simón Bolívar (Colombia) on a number of occasions, the Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá (Colombia) and the Madrid Press Association Award. He is a member of the Colombian Academy of the Language. His latest publications are Jota, caballo y rey (2013), a novel that caricatures one of the many faces of political power in Colombia, El huevo es un traidor (2012) and Breve historia de este puto mundo (2015).
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