(Spain, 1960) A graduate in Hispanic Philology from Zaragoza University, he studied Italian Philology in Barcelona, where he has been living since 1982. He has written a number of novels and short stories, as well as film scripts. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages. Outstanding works include the short-story collection El fin de los buenos tiempos (1994), the novels Carreteras secundarias (1996), María bonita (2001) and El tiempo de las mujeres (2003), and the essay Enterrar a los muertos (2005), which won the Rodolfo Walsh and Dulce Chacón awards and was unanimously well received by critics across Europe. Together with Emilio Martínez Lázaro, he wrote the script for Las trece rosas, a candidate for best original screenplay at the Goya Awards, and, together with Fernando Trueba, the script for Chico & Rita, an animated film directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando. His lastests novels are La buena reputación (Premio Nacional de Narrativa) and Derecho Natural.