Roberto Martínez Bachrich (Valencia, Venezuela, 1977) read letters (Letras) at the Central University of Venezuela, where he later lectured. He holds a master’s degree in narrative technique from Scuola Holden in Turin and is presently completing his PhD in Hispanic language and literature at City University in New York (CUNY). He has been a contributor to several newspapers and magazines in Venezuela and has published three collections of short stories, Desencuentros (1998); Vulgar (2000); Las guerras íntimas (2011, 2013); the poetry collection Las noches de cobalto (2002); the crónica La voz del animal (2013), and the biographical essay Tiempo hendido. Un acercamiento a la vida y obra de Antonia Palacios (2012), which earned him the X Annual Cross-Genre Prize of the Foundation for Urban Culture. In 2011 he was named as one of the ‘25 best-kept secrets in Latin America’ at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (FIL).
‘While the Blood Dries’ was originally published as ‘Mientras se seca la sangre’ in BBC Mundo in 2011 and is included in the collection of non-fiction texts titled La prosa en ruinas. Escrituras de lector due out in 2016.