György Dragomán, a writer and translator, was born in Marosvásárhely, Romania, as part of the Hungarian minority living there. He moved to Hungary in 1988 at the age of fifteen. His writings have been published in The Paris Review and various Hungarian magazines. He has published two novels; his second, The White King, a story set in a totalitarian society and narrated by a teenage boy, has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Paul Olchváry has translated more than ten books from Hungarian, including György Dragomán's novel The White King (Houghton Mifflin) and Károly Pap's novel Azarel (Steerforth), and has received translation awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN America, and Hungary's Milán Füst Foundation. His shorter translations have appeared in The Paris Review, The Hungarian Quarterly, and turnrow. A native of Amherst, New York, he lives both in Kismaros, Hungary, and various reaches of the American Northeast.