Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico City, 1958) has published the novels Escuadrón Guillotina (1991), A Sweet Scent of Death (2007), The Night Buffalo (2006) and the book of short stories Retorno 201. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He wrote the screenplays of the films Amores perros, 21 Grams and Babel, a trilogy that uses non-linear narrative to reflect on the importance of life over death. He has also written screenplays for other films, such as The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. His directorial debut, The Burning Plain, was released in 2008. He has recently co-produced and co-written Desde allá, the first Ibero-American film to win the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Film Festival. His latest book is El Salvaje.