Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, Peru. He is the author of the world-famous novels The Time of the Hero, Conversation in the Cathedral, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, In Praise of the Stepmother, and The Feast of the Goat, and of several works of nonfiction, including Making Waves, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Perpetual Orgy, a study of Flaubert; and the autobiography Fish in the Water. He lives in London, Madrid, and Lima. Edith Grossman, the winner of the 2006 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, is the translator of many works by major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mayra Montero, and Miguel de Cervantes, as well as Mario Vargas Llosa. She lives in New York City.