Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Her debut novel, Pig Tales (1996), was published in 34 countries and became the most popular first novel in France since the 1950s. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband (1998), became an immediate bestseller. Her third novel, Breathing Underwater, prompted Francis Gilbert in The Times to declare that "there are very few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them." She is also the author of A Brief Stay with the Living (2003) and White (2006).
Rick Moody was born in New York City in 1961. He is the author of Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, and Demonology. He is the co-editor (with Darcey Steinke) of an anthology of essays, Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. His short work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic, and The Village Voice. His nonfiction genealogical narrative The Black Veil won the 2003 PEN Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. His latest novel, The Diviner, was published in January 2006.
Esther Allen's translations include the Penguin Classics anthology José Martí: Selected Writings, Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia by José Manuel Prieto, Lands of Memory by Felisberto Hernández, Alma Guillermoprieto's Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, andZama by Antonio Di Benedetto, which is forthcoming in August, 2016. With Susan Bernofsky, she edited In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means. She edited and wrote for To Be Translated or Not To Be (Institut Ramon Llull, 2007), the PEN International report on translation and globalization. A former fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, she was named a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres by the French government for her work promoting a culture of translation in English. She teaches at the Graduate Center and Baruch College, City University of New York. Her Web site is estherallen.com.