Aranda Ruiz, Pablo

Pablo Aranda Ruiz was born in Malaga in 1968 and died at the age of fifty-two, in his hometown, on August 1, 2020, due to stomach cancer. Graduated in Hispanic Philology, he was a professor, writer and journalist. Since the publication of The Other City, a novel that was a finalist for the 2003 Spring award and won the 10th Andalusian Critics' award for best first novel, he dedicated himself fully to writing books and articles. Highlights include: Detachment of Routine (Arguval, 2003), which won the Diario Sur award for Short Novels, The Improbable Order (Espasa Calpe, 2004), Ukraine (Destino, 2006), which won the II Málaga award, The Soldiers (El Aleph , 2013), The Protected (Malpaso, 2015) and The Distance (Malpaso, 2018). The author's first foray into children's fiction, Fede wants to be a pirate (Anaya, 2012), won the Ciudad de Málaga Children's Literature Award, which encouraged him to continue with this series. For the Young adult audience, he wrote this novel, The Upside Down World, which he could not see published, and which now appears as a posthumous work.