Javier Montes (Madrid, 1976) won the Premio José María de Pereda with his first novel, Los penúltimos, which was followed by his next novel, Segunda parte. Along with Andrés Barba he won the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo for La ceremonia del porno. He also collaborated in the publication of After Henry James. In 2010, Granta included him among their selection of the best young authors writing in the Spanish language and his stories have appeared in collections like Puros cuentos (Letras Libres, 2008) and Life in Cities. An Anthology of European Contemporary Writers (Minumsa, Seoul, 2009). He regularly contributes to the publications ABC, El País, Letras Libres, Revista de Libros, Granta UK, Revista de Occidente, Letra Internacional and Arquitectura Viva. He has curated exhibitions like Beckett Films (CAAC, 2011) and was a professor of Art History at the Spanish College in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea). His novels have received excellent reviews: «Montes evokes a grandiose world, where he comments on the Statism of life beyond apparent change» (Michael Kerrigan, Times Literary Supplement).