Born in Santiago, Chile, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) moved to Mexico City with his family in 1968. He went back to Chile in 1973, just a month before Pinochet seized power, and was arrested. After his release he returned to Mexico before moving to Paris and then Barcelona. He wrote ten novels and two collections of short stories as well as poetry before he died at the age of fifty, on July 15, 2003.
Chris Andrews was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1962. He teaches in the language department of the University of Melbourne. In 2005, his translation of Roberto Bolaño's Distant Star won the Vallé-Inclan Prize. He is also the translator of Bolaño's Last Evenings on Earth, By Night in Chile, Amulet, and Nazi Literature in the Americas.