Luis Mateo Diez was born in Villablino, mining mountains of Northwest of Leon and town located in the Centre of the region of Laciana. And it was born precisely at the old Hall House, nestled in the heart of the Valley on the ancient site where a day won the tower that eregia the memory of the ancient councils. His family lived on horseback between Madrid and Villablino until, at age 12, he moved definitively to the city. Luis Mateo studied secondary education at the Colegio Estudio. In 1961 he began his studies of economic sciences at the Complutense University, career that ended and paired with the philosophy and letters.
His first book of stories, Memorial of herbs, appeared in 1973. He then published novels provincial stations (1982), La source de la Edad (1986), which won the national prize of literature and criticism, apocryphal of the Carnation award and the thorn (1988), the full hours (1990), the dossier of the Castaway (1992), road to perdition (1995), The look of the soul (1997), the paradise of mortals (1998), days of the attic (1999), ghosts of winter (2004) and Fables gathered in Meridian Devil (2001) and the echo of weddings (2003), as well as books of stories embers of August (1989) and the minor evils (1993). With the ruin of the sky (2000) won the Premio Nacional de Narrativa and the critics award. He is patron of honour of the foundation of the Spanish language. Well my brother Alberto fell into the pit when he was five years old. It was one of these family tragedies that only alleviate the time and circumstance of the large family. Twenty years later my brother Eloy drew water a day from the well to which nobody had ever returned to look out. In the cauldron, he discovered a small bottle with a paper inside. This is a world like any other, said the message.