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 Szilárd Borbély's Berlin-Hamlet has been excerpted in The American Reader, and was published by FRA in 2008. Other translations include Lazarus by Gábor Schein (Triton, 2010). Translations from the work of László Krasznahorkai include AnimalInside (Sylph Editions and New Directions, 2010), Seiobo There Below (New Directions, 2013), and Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens (forthcoming, Seagull Books). She is also working on an anthology of Mongolian folk-tales and completing a dissertation on the linguistic analysis of Mongolian riddles and proverbs.