Born in Romania in 1953, Herta Mï¿½ller lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats after refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu's Secret Police. She succeeded in emigrating in 1987 and now lives in Berlin. The recipient of the European Literature Prize, she has also won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for her previous novel, The Land of Green Plums. Mï¿½ller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009.
Esther Kinskyis a poet, writer, and translator working in German, Polish, Russian and English.Martin Chalmers is a Berlin-based translator from Glasgow. He has translated some of the best-known German-language writers, including Herta Mller, Elfriede Jelinek, and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Paul Bailey has been the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, & the George Orwell Memorial Prize. He is the author of six novels, including "Old Soldiers" & "Gabriel's Lament", both short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in England.