(Peru, 1954) This Peruvian writer has published novels in very different styles, although much of his work would fall within the current of Peruvian realism; it has been translated into sixteen languages. He has also worked in journalism and university teaching. He has been editor of Debate and the Comercio magazine’s supplements section, as well as lecturer at the Humanities Department of the Universidad Católica. In 2009 he was elected as a member of the Peruvian Language Academy. His works include El tigre blanco (1985 Viracocha Prize awarded by Planeta Group), Grandes miradas (2003, made into a film by Francisco Lombardi), The Blue Hour (2005 Herralde Prize, made into a film by Evelyne Pegot Ogier), El susurro de la mujer ballena (2007 Planeta-Casa de América Prize), Juan Carlos Onetti: El soñador en la penumbra (2010), El árbol del tesoro (2011) and Cuerpos secretos (2012). In 2010 he was given a tribute at the Lima Feria Internacional del Libro. He recently won the German Anna Seghers Prize for his body of work, and the University of Sidney’s Antípodas dedicated an issue to his work. La pasajera (2015) has been adapted for the screen by Salvador del Solar, with the title Magallanes. He recently published La viajera del tiempo (2016).
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