Lino Novás Calvo was born in Granas de Sor, Galicia, in 1903 and died in Florida, USA, in 1983. When he was seven, his family emigrated to Cuba where they took a wide variety of jobs to keep body and soul together: a rich source of inspiration for his later writings. In 1928, he made a name for himself with the publication of an avant-garde poem in the Revista de Avance. Upon his return to Spain, he took a job as a correspondent for the magazine Orbe (1931-33) and published El negrero (The Slave Trader). He was also a translator of Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, and Faulkner, and was a regular contributor to the magazine Revista de Occidente. During the Spanish Civil War, he remained in the country as a newspaper correspondent. In 1939, he returned to Cuba where he contributed articles to magazines and published the short story collections La luna nona (The Ninth Moon, 1942), Cayo Canas (Key Canas, 1945), and En los traspatios (In the Backyards, 1946). In 1960, he went into self-imposed exile in the United States, and in 1970 he published Maneras de contar (Ways to Tell).