Álvaro Mutis (1923-2013) was born in Bogotá, Colombia. As a child he lived in Brussels, returning to Bogotá to complete his education, and lived in Mexico from 1956 until his death. Mutis was the author of poetry, short stories, and novels. His first poems were published in 1948, his first short stories in 1978, and his first novella, The Snow of the Admiral
—the initial volume of the Maqroll series—in 1986. He received many literary awards, including the Prix Medicis in 1989 and the 2002 Neustadt Prize for Literature.