Andrés Barba (Madrid, 1975), became known in 2001 with La hermana de Katia (finalist of the Herralde prize and adapted to the big screen by Mijke de Jong), which was followed by two books of nouvelles entitled La recta intención and Ha dejado de llover (Nord-Sud prize), and six more novels that confirmed him as one of the most important firms of his generation in Spain; Ahora tocad música de baile, Versiones de Teresa (Torrente Ballester Award), Las manos pequeñas, Agosto, Octubre, Muerte de un caballo (Juan March Award), En presencia de un payaso, and República luminosa (Herralde Award for the novel, finalist of the Gregor Von Rezzori Award). He is also the author of the essays "Caminar en un mundo de espejos, La ceremonia del porno" (co-written with Javier Montes and winner of the Anagrama Essay Prize) and "La risa caníbal." In the field of poetry he also wrote Crónica natural. As a translator he has published versions of authors such as Melville, Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Thomas De Quincey among many others.
He was chosen by the prestigious magazine Granta as one of the best young Spanish-language novelists. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. His latest book is Vida de Guastavino y Guastavino, a biographical experiment on the famous Spanish architect for which he was awarded the prestigious Cullman Center Fellowship at the New York Public Library.