Carlos Fonseca was born in Costa Rica in 1987, brought up in Puerto Rico, and studied in the USA. He was selected by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá 39 group (2016), by Granta magazine as one of its twenty-five best young Spanish-language writers (2021) and by Encyclopaedia Britannica as one of the twenty most promising writers for their ‘Young Shapers of the Future’ (2022). His previous novels are Colonel Lágrimas and Natural History, both translated by Megan McDowell. His work has been translated into more than ten languages. His latest work is Austral.