Juan Arnau (Valencia, 1968) is a writer, astrophysicist, and holder of a doctorate in Sanskrit philosophy. He has been a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, the University of Michigan, the College of Mexico, the University of Barcelona, and the University of Benares. He is now Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Granada. He has published essays, translations from Sanskrit, and philosophical fictions. His works include: Legend of Buddha, The Invention of Freedom, Portable Manual of Philosophy, which won the National Prize for the Essay and the Valencia Literary Criticism Prize.