José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana, Cuba. Prieto has been the recipient of fellowships from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, México, from 2003-2005; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2002; and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, in Florence, Italy, in April 2001. Jose Prieto has been Visiting Professor at Cornell University and Princeton University.
José Manuel Prieto is an author of several novels, non-fiction books, articles and essays, and he is also a translator from Russian Literature to Spanish. His books are Livadia (Mondadori, Barcelona, 1998), Enciclopedia de una vida en Rusia (Mondadori, Barcelona, 2003), El Tartamudo y la rusa (Tusquets, México 2002), Treinta días en Moscú (travel account) (Mondadori, Barcelona. 2001), and others. Livadia has been translated into more than seven languages.
Rex, his most recent novel came out in Spring 2007, published by Anagrama, in Barcelona with simultaneous editions in German and French and English.