Santiago Roncagliolo is a Peruvian writer, playwright, screenwriter, translator, and journalist. He is one of the most acclaimed writers in contemporary Latin American literature. He was born in Lima in 1975. In 1977 his family was exiled to Mexico by the military government of Morales Bermúdez. The family later returned to the country, and Santiago studied at the Immaculate College and graduated in Linguistics and Literature from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. There he has published several children’s books and a play, and worked in the Ombudsman’s Office in Lima. In 2000, he moved to Madrid and later to Barcelona, where he currently resides. His novel Red April (2006) made him the youngest winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize, and its English translation was included in the list of 15 finalists for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2011. In 2010, Roncagliolo was included by Granta magazine among the best writers in Spanish under 35. He has translated into Spanish a series of French authors such as Jean Genet and André Gide. Santiago is a distinguished blogger and he collaborates with El País, the Granta magazine, and Chimera, among others. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and his novel Red April was adapted into film.
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Alonso Cueto (Lima, Peru, 1954) is the author of several novels, short stories, and essays. Cueto has won several international distinctions for his literary work. Filmmaker Francisco Lombardi adapted Cueto’s novel Grandes Miradas (Knowing Gazes) for the screen in Mariposa Negra, which won several international awards. Cueto’s work has been translated into 15 languages, including Chinese and Korean. Random House recently bought the rights for the English translation of La Hora Azul. Cueto lives in Lima, Peru, where he teaches literature and writing workshops at the Universidad Católica.