László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He is the author of five novels and several collections of essays and short stories. His novels include Satantango, The Melancholy of Resistance, War and War, Seiobo There Below and The Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming. He has won numerous literary prizes, including the International Man Booker Prize in 2015, the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize, and, in 1993, the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. In 2010, he wrote a novella entitled Animalinside which was illustrated by the German painter Max Neumann. Satantango was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. László Krasznahorkai won the Man Booker International 2015 for his body of work. The World Goes On was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and The Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming is shortlisted for the National Book Awards in Translated Literature 2019. His work has been translated into forty languages.
He lives in Budapest.