Isaac Rosa was born in Seville in 1974. He has published the novels La malamemoria (1999), later reworked in ¡Otra maldita novela sobre la guerra civil! (2007); El vano ayer (2004), which won the 2005 Rómulo Gallegos Prize, the Ojo Crítico Award and the Andalusian Critics Award; El país del miedo (2008), recognized with the J.M. Lara Foundation Award as the best novel of the year; La mano invisible (2011); La habitación oscura (2013), winner of the Cálamo Prize; and Feliz final (2018), all published by Seix Barral. In 2022 he won the Biblioteca Breve Prize for Safe Place. A newspaper columnist, he is also the author of comics, YA novels, and short-story collections, most notably Tiza roja (2020). His work has been translated into several languages and three times brought to the silver screen.