Jorge Franco was born in Medellín, Colombia. He studied filmmaking and directing at the London Film School in the UK and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. His first short story collection Maldito Amor and first novel Mala Noche received prestigious national awards.
Rosario Tijeras, published in 1999, has enjoyed spectacular commercial success in Colombia and marked the breakthrough of one of the most promising writers of new Latin American narrative. Paradise Travel (2002) solidly reaffirmed Jorge Franco’s reputation with the tale of a young Colombian couple who attempt to escape the widespread violence of their country of origin by fleeing to New York as illegal immigrants. Both have been translated in English.
Franco’s novel El Mundo de Afuera won the Premio Alfaguara award in 2014. Shooting Down Heaven became a #1 bestselling title in its first week in bookstores. It was recently optioned for a TV adaptation.