Juan Cruz Ruiz was born in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife in 1948. He has been a journalist from an early age and has been closely bound to the newspaper El País since its foundation in 1976, and has worked in different culture and editorial sections. He directed the publishing house Alfaguara between 1992 and 1998 and was later in charge of the “Author’s Office” of the Prisa Group. He is currently working as a journalist again, as an assistant director of the newspaper El País. Author of several books, he has received, among others, the Canarias Prize for Literature, the Benito Pérez Armas Prize and the Azorín Prize for Novel.