Jorge Edwards Valdés (Santiago de Xile, 1931- ) is known as a writer, literary critic and diplomat. A graduate of Law from the University of Chile, Edwards' books have been translated into many languages, in particular Persona non grata (1973), which had considerable success outside of Chile. He contributed to the defence of freedom of expression in his country and worked on several international newspapers such as Le Monde and El País. During the nineties he was a UNESCO ambassador in Paris, dealing mainly with human rights. In Barcelona, Edwards was the Director of the publishers, Difusora Internacional, and he was a consultant at the publishers, Seix Barral. In 1999, he won the Cervantes Prize.