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 Bestenliste-Prize for the Best Book of the Year ,1993 in Germany, and the Fellowship for Advanced Study in Berlin. He is the author of Északról hegy, Seiobo járt odalent, Sátántangó, 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, German, among other languages. His major novels have been adapted for film as well by Bela Tarr. Currently he lives and works in Berlin.