born in 1967 in Guantánamo. He studied journalism in Santiago and Havanna. His literary work covers very different genres. In his novel »Die Wörter und die Toten« (2007; tr. The Words and the Dead) he deals with contemporary society, and he also wrote a cycle of detective novels as well as writing reports about the difficult circumstances and corruption in his home country. When he was refused the right to re-enter Cuba, he received the Writers-in-Exile scholarship from the P.E.N. Centre as well as other accolades. Valle lives in Berlin.