Albinson Linares (Venezuela, 1981) is a journalist and writer. He is a graduate from the University of Los Andes (Táchira) and has worked in Venezuela’s major newspapers and magazines, from El Nacional’s Papel Literario to Playboy or Prodavinci, among others. He is a regular contributor to international publications such as Etiqueta Negra, Ecos (Germany), Letras Libres, Reforma (Mexico) and many others. He is the author of the books Hugo Chávez, nuestro enfermo en La Habana (2013), El último rostro de Chávez (2014) and Caracas Bizarra (2014). In 2012 he was included among the ‘New Chroniclers of the Indies’ by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberian-American Journalism. Presently he lives in Mexico City and works as editorial adviser for Bizz magazine, freelance editor for NYT América and web editor for Information Week Mexico.
‘The Living Ruins of the Tower of David’ was first printed as ‘Las ruinas vivas de la Torre del Rey David’ in Mexico’s Exceso magazine in February 2011.