Sergio Ramírez (Masatepe, Nicaragua, 1942) is part of the generation of writers that emerged after the Latin American Boom, and after a long, voluntary exile in Costa Rica and Germany, he set his literary career aside for a time to participate in the Sandinista Revolution. This movement overthrew the dictatorship of the Somoza dynasty; he then returned to writing with the novel Divine Punishment (1988, Dashiell Hammett Prize). Un baile de máscaras won the Laure Bataillon Prize for best foreign novel translated in France in 1998. His other works include Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea (1998), Mentiras verdaderas (2001), the short story collections Catalina y Catalina (2001), El reino animal (2007), and Flores oscuras (2013), as well as the novels Sombras nada más (2002), Mil y una muertes (2005), El cielo llora por mí (2008), and La fugitiva (2011), winner of the Bleu Metropole Prize in Montreal, Canada. He has also published his memoirs of the revolution, Adiós muchachos (1999), and a book of chronicles on writers and writing, Juan de Juanes (2014). He has been distinguished with many awards, including the José Donoso Prize for Spanish American Letters for the entirety of his literary work (Chile, 2011) and the International Carlos Fuentes Prize for Literary Creation in Spanish Language (Mexico, 2014). His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.