Santiago Gamboa (Colombia)
Santiago Gamboa is a Colombian writer born in Bogotá in 1965. He studied literature at the Javerian University of Bogotá. He travelled to Spain where he remained until 1990 and graduated in Hispanic Philology at the University of Alcalá de Henares. He then moved to Paris, where he studied Cuban Literature at the Sorbonne.
He made his debut as a novelist with Páginas de vuelta (1995), a work which established him as one of the most innovative voices of the new Colombian narrative; later he wrote Perder es cuestión de método (1997), which was internationally acclaimed, and has been translated into Italian, French, Greek, Portuguese, Czech and German, and of which a film was adapted in 2005. In 2000, he published Vida feliz de un joven llamado Esteban (2000), a novel which has added to his international prestige. He is also the author of the travel book Octubre en Pekín (2001). The French version of his novel El síndrome de Ulises, published in 2007, was a finalist to the Medicis prize of the best foreign book in France and the Portuguese edition finalist to the Casino de Povoa Prize in 2008.
As a journalist, he has been a contributor to the Latin American Service of Radio France International in Paris, a correspondent of El Tiempo of Bogotá, and columnist on the magazine Cromos. He also served as a diplomat in the Permanent Delegation of Colombia to UNESCO and in the Embassy of Colombia in India. He currently resides in Rome.