Javier Cercas was born in 1962. He is a novelist, short-story writer and columnist, whose books include Soldiers of Salamis
(which sold more than a million copies worldwide, won six literary awards in Spain and was filmed by David Trueba), The Tenant and The Motive
, The Speed of Light
and The Anatomy of a Moment
. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Barcelona.