Javier Montes is a writer, translator and art critic. His first novel Los penúltimos won the José María Pereda Prize in 2007. Subsequently, he published Segunda parte (2010), Hotel Life (2012), and Stranded in Rio (2016). His stories have appeared in collections like Puros cuentos (2008) and Life in Cities. In 2010, Granta listed him among the best young authors writing in Spanish. As a translator he has published versions of Cymbeline, King Lear and Coriolanus, as well as the essay “Shakespeare y la música” (2009). He has curated exhibitions like “Beckett Films” (2011) and was a professor of Art History at the Spanish College in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).