Argentinian writer Alan Pauls was born in Buenos Aires in 1959, as the son of German immigrants who had fled the Nazis in 1936. He has taught literature and written screenplays, film reviews, essays and novels. In 2003, his novella The Past won the Spanish literature prize Herralde. Alan Pauls set up the magazine Lecturas críticas and works as an editor for the newspaper Página / 12. His works have been translated into 14 languages, and is considered one of Argentina’s most important contemporary authors.