Arturo D. Hernandez is one of Peru's most famous and honored authors. Born in the Amazon in 1903, he set all of his novels in his native country. Hernandez enjoyed a period of international acclaim in the 1950s after his first novel, Sangama, was translated into French and German. His second novel, Selva Tragica, won the Ricardo Palma National Prize as the best novel in Peru in 1954, and in 1956 it was published in Paris. It was followed by Bubinzana: The Magic Song of the Jungle, published in 1960, the most mystical of his novels. In 1969, Hernandez published his Tangarana and Other Tales, his final work. This is a collection of short stories mostly set in the background of the Amazon jungle and includes a revised version of his third novel Bubinzana.