Photograph: Lenke Szilágyi.
László Krasznahorkai was born in 1954 in Gyula, Hungary. He has studied in the law and philosophy faculties in Szeged and Budapest. He is the recipient of, among others, the Kossuth Prize (the most important prize in Hungary), the 1993 Bestenliste-Prize for the best book of the year in Germany, and the Fellowship for Advanced Study in Berlin. He is the author of Északról hegy, Seiobo járt odalent, Sátántangó, and Háború és h´ború, among other novels and short stories. His work has been translated into and published in Japanese, Czech, English, Polish, French, Spanish, and German, and his major novels have been adapted for film as well by Bela Tarr. He lives and works in Berlin.