Fernando Aramburu was born in San Sebastian in 1959. He was a founding member of CLOC, a group of Art and DisArt that combined countercultural expression with the practice of surrealistic humor. He was a staff writer for the literary magazine KANTIL. He earned a degree in Hispanic language and literature at the University of Zaragoza. He has lived in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1985, dedicated entirely to his writing after having spent years as a teacher. His literary career began with poetry, which was published in a nearly complete volume in 1993 by the University of the Basque Country under the title Bruma y conciencia, a partially bilingual edition in Spanish and Euskera. Another book of poems was compiled some years later under the title Yo quisiera llover (2010).
His first novel, Fuegos con limón, was published in 1996, followed by Los ojos vacíos (Euskadi Prize 2001), El trompetista del Utopía, Vida de un piojo llamado Matías, Bami sin sombre, Viaje con Clara por Alemania, and Años lentos (Tusquets Prize, 2011). He's also written short prose: El artista y su cadáver, and a few story collections: No ser no duele, Los peces de la amargura (Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy, 2008) and El vigilante del fiordo. He has also written for children and has worked translating German authors into Spanish. He contributes often to literary supplements and his work has been translated into many languages.
Valerie Miles is an American writer, translator, and editor living in Barcelona, Spain. She was the editorial director of Emecé Editores and associate director of Alfaguara, and for several years oversaw the New York Review Books classics collection in Spanish. In 2003 she founded Granta magazine's Spanish language project together with Aurelio Major and saw the publication of their highly celebrated Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists issue in 2010. Her articles and stories have appeared in The New York Times, El País, La Vanguardia, and in magazines such as the Paris Review, Harper's and Granta, among others. She curated the first exhibition dedicated to Roberto Bolaño's archives for the CCCB in Barcelona, and is a professor in the postgraduate program of Literary Translation in the Pompeu i Fabra University. Her first book, A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, was published by Open Letter in 2014. She is working on her second.