Born in 1961, in Cataguases, Brazil, Luiz Ruffato grew up in a working-class immigrant family. After leaving school, he worked as a salesperson and in various other jobs before becoming a journalist in São Paulo. He has had more than than ten books published, among them novels, poetry and children’s books.
In 2001, his debut novel, There Were Many Horses, drew widespread praise for its vivid depiction of urbanisation. It went on to win a number of major prizes, including the Brazilian National Library’s Machado de Assis Award, and has been translated into English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.