Montes is a writer, translator and art critic. Though he always ends up back home in Madrid, he has lived for extended periods in Equatorial Guinea, Paris, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In 2007, he received the José María Pereda Prize for his first novel, Los penúltimos, and has just published another, Segunda parte. Together with Andrés Barba, he received the Anagrama Essay Prize for the book La ceremonia del porno (2007). They also co-edited the anthology of short stories After Henry James (2009). As a translator he has focused on critical publication and research into the works of Shakespeare: he has published versions of Cymbeline, King Lear and Coriolanus, as well as the essay ‘Shakespeare y la música’ (2009). 'The Hotel Life' is an excerpt from his novel La vida de hotel, published by Anagrama in 2012.