translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet
László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary in 1954. He worked for some years as an editor until 1984, when he became a freelance writer. He now lives in reclusiveness in the hills of Szentlászló. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango. In 1993, he won the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. For more about him, visit his extensive website here.
Ottilie Mulzet translates from Hungarian and Mongolian. Her translation of László Krasznahorkai's Seiobo There Below won the Best Translated Book Award in 2014. Forthcoming translations include: Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens, by László Krasznahorkai (Seagull Books, 2016); The Dispossessed (HarperCollins, 2016) and Berlin-Hamlet by Szilárd Borbély (NYRB Poets, 2017); and Lazarus by Gábor Schein (Seagull Books, 2017). She is also working on an anthology of Mongolian Buddhist legends.