Héctor Abad Faciolince (b. 1958) is a novelist, poet, essayist, editor and translator. He won the Colombian National Short Story Prize at the age of twenty-one and has twice won the Símon Bolívar Prize for journalism. In 1987, his father was murdered by Colombian paramilitaries and Abad was forced into exile, moving first to Spain and then to Italy. He published his first book, Malos Pensiamentos (1991) while in exile, but it was only when he returned to Colombia in 1993 that he became a full-time writer. Abad is one of a new generation of iconoclastic Colombian writers looking for new ways of depicting reality in general, and Colombian contemporary society in particular. His style shares an affinity with Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino’s; a champion of stylistic experimentation and flexibility, he favours ‘artists who have changed (Picasso)’ and ‘writers who search (Calvino)’, over those who pursue a single unchanging style. His Oblivion: a Memoir was published in English in 2011.