from the February 2013 issue
From El arte de volar. Published by Ediciones de Ponent. By arrangement with the publisher. Translation © 2013 by Adrian West. All rights reserved.
Antonio Altarriba was born in Zaragoza in 1952. Son of an anarchist and a nun, to use his own words, his youth was divided between Zaragoza and France, where his father maintained numerous friendships formed during his exile from Spain. A professor of French literature in the University of the Basque Country, Altarriba began publishing comics in the 1980s. In addition to his work in this medium, he has also published numerous works of fiction and essays. The Art of Flying was awarded Spain’s National Comic Prize in 2010.
Translated from Spanish by Adrian West
Adrian West has published original fiction in McSweeney’s and 3:AM, and translations from Spanish, German, and Catalan in Aldus, The Brooklyn Rail, Fwriction, and Asymptote, where he is also a contributing editor. He lives in Philadelphia with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.