Héctor Abad was born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1958, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope, he moved to Italy. In 2008, Abad was a guest of the DAAD‘s Artist-in-Residence Programme in Berlin. He now lives again in Colombia. El olvido que seremos sold over 250,000 copies in Spanish.