The author, born in northern Chile in 1949, has written short stories, novellas, plays and essays. Due to his political activities in the students’ movement he was forced to leave Chile and then travelled through Latin America. In 1980 he moved to Germany where he lived with his family for more than ten years. Since 1997 Sepúlveda lives in Gijón, Spain. He is translated in over thirty languages and has won numerous literary awards, among others the Primavera de Novela Prize 2009, one of the most prestigious and valuable awards in Spain.