Antonio Ortuño, born in Guadalajara to Spanish immigrant parents, has been, in this order: an outstanding student; a dropout; a worker in a special-effects company and a private tutor. El buscador de cabezas (2006) was selected by the Mexican press as the best first novel of the year. His second book, Recursos humanos (2007), was a finalist for the Herralde Prize. In addition, he has published a collection of short stories, El jardin japonés (2007). His new collection, La señora rojo, will be available at the end of 2010. His writing has been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Romanian and Hungarian.