Manuel Vilas, born in Barbastro, Huesca in Spain writes novels, short stories, and poetry. He also writes literary criticism for the Heraldo de Aragón and El Mundo, as well as other literary magazines. Recent books of poetry include Amor: poesía reunida 1988-2010, Gran Vilas, and El hundimiento. Recent novels include Los inmortales, El luminoso regalo (translated into French and Italian), Ordesa, which is widely celebrated in Spanish media as the 2018 Book of the Year with translations into multiple languages, and most recently Alegría. Significant among his many awards and prizes are the Premio Generación del 27 (2014), the Premio de las Letras Aragonesas 2015 (2016), the Premio Planeta, second place, for Alegría (2019), and the French Premio Femina Etranger for Ordesa (2019).