José Manuel Prieto was born in Havana, Cuba. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the Universidad Autónoma de México and taught at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica, México City, from 1994 to 2004. In 2004-2005, he was the Margaret and Herman Sokol Fellow at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in The New York Public Library. 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 and has received exceptional reviews in the United States, France, and Italy, in among other publications, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, Liberation, and The Times Literary Supplement. At the end of 2004, the prestigious Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung included Liwadjia as one of the most important books of fiction of the year in Germany.
Rex, his most recent novel came out in Spring 2007, published by Anagrama, in Barcelona with simultaneous editions in German and French and English.