Juan Manuel Robles was born in Lima in 1978. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University (NYU). He has published the non-fiction work Lima freak. Vidas insólitas en una ciudad perturbada (Planeta, 2007) and the novel Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría (Seix Barral, 2015), which was released in Peru and Colombia, and later published in Spain; Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría was ranked by the newspaper Perú.21 as the best novel of 2015 and was chosen by Spain’s El País as one of “23 books for understanding the Americas”. The author’s reports have appeared in anthologies such as Crónicas de otro planeta (Debate, 2009), Antología de Crónica Latinoamericana (Alfaguara, 2012), Las mejores crónicas de Gatopardo (Debate, 2006) and in the magazines Etiqueta Negra, Gatopardo, Internazionale (Italy) and Courrier International (France). He has published short stories in books such as Huancaína freak y otros cuentos para comer (Matalamanga, 2007) and El cuento peruano 2001-2010 (Petroperú, 2013); and in the magazines Letras Libres, Buen Salvaje and Vice (Antología 2016). In 2008, he was one of the five writers shortlisted for the Cemex-FNPI Prize for the essay Cromwell, el cajero generoso. In 2017, he published a book of short stories and returned to non-fiction with Un mundo lleno de futuro, a book of literary non-fiction edited by Leila Guerriero. He is preparing a new novel.
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