Almudena Grandes's novel Los Aires Difíciles debuted at the number one spot on Spanish bestseller lists when it was published in February 2002, and remained on the lists until June that year. Since then, translations have been published in France, Germany, Italy, Israel, and the Netherlands. According to a review in Spain's leading newspaper, El Pais, "Los Aires Difíciles combines the traditions of classic epic narration of the nineteenth century with those of a modern contemporary novel. It is, in both senses, a great book."
Grandes was born in Madrid in 1960. Her first novel, Las Edades de Lulu, won the Sonrisa Vertical Prize for erotic fiction and was made into a film starring, among others, Javier Bardem. Her other novels include Te Llamare Viernes, Malena es un nombre de Tango, Atlas de Geografia Humana, and Modelos de Mujer.
Samantha Schnee’s translation of Carmen Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft (Deep Vellum, 2014) was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize, and won the Typographical Era Translation Award. She won the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation for her excerpt of Carmen Boullosa’s The Conspiracy of the Romantics, and her translation of Boullosa’s latest novel, The Book of Anna, will be published by Coffee House Press in 2019. She is the founding editor of Words Without Borders and currently serves as secretary of the American Literary Translators Association. She also chairs the PEN America’s Heim Translation Grants jury and is a trustee of English PEN.