Antonio Muñoz Molina was born in Spain in 1956. He is the author of thirteen novels, among them Sepharad, the English translation of which won the 2004 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize. His other novels include Beatus Ille, El Jinete Polaco, Prince of Shadows, and Winter in Lisbon. He has twice been awarded Spain's Premio Nacional de Literatura. His most recent book is an evocation of New York City entitled Ventanas de Manhattan.