Bachman (1926-1973) was one of the great Austrian writers of the 20th century, a near legendary figure. She was romantically involved with the Swiss writer Max Frisch. In 1973 she fell asleep smoking a cigarette in bed and was badly burned, dying three weeks later.
Gregor von Rezzori(1914–1998) was a novelist, journalist, memoirist, screenwriter, and author of radio plays. His worksMemoirs of an Anti-SemiteandThe Snows of Yesteryearare published by NYRB Classics. Zadie Smithis the author of three novels, most recentlyOn Beauty, and the editor of the short-story anthologyThe Book of Other People. Philip Boehmis the author of numerous translations from Polish and German, including works by Franz Kafka, Ida Fink, and Christoph Hein.