Lualhati Torres Bautista (December 2, 1945 – February 12, 2023) was a Filipina writer, novelist, liberal activist and political critic. Bautista garnered several Palanca Awards (1980, 1983, and 1984) for her novels ‘GAPÔ, Dekada ’70 and Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa?, which exposed injustices and chronicled women’s activism during the Marcos era.

Desaparesidos tells a vivid narrative of the life of political activists and the persecution they have experienced/endured during the dictatorship of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Bautista weaves a heartbreaking story of the disappeared (desaparesidos)-the people who were taken by the authorities physically or those who could not forget the memories of torture and persecution under martial rule.