Fernando Vallejo

Photo by Tufic Makhlouf.
Photo by Tufic Makhlouf.

Fernando Vallejo studied humanities in universities in Colombia and movie direction in the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He has written 20 books and his work has been translated into 15 languages, including La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins, Serpent’s Tail, 2001) into English. He has been awarded the two most important literary awards in Spanish America – the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize from Venezuela for El desbarrancadero (The Edge of the Abyss) and the FIL Literature Award in Romance Languages from the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. He loves animals immensely and his only cause is their defense.