Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima, Peru, 1975) is one of the leading writers of his generation and author of some of the most indispensable works of contemporary Latin American literature, such as Abril rojo, winner of the Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2006 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010 for the best novel translated in the UK. His works have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he is the author of the book of short stories Crecer es un oficio triste, of the journalistic research book La cuarta espada, of the literary biography El amante uruguayo, and of the children’s book Matías y los imposibles. He also writes regularly in the press and his most recent novel is La pena máxima.