László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He worked for some years as an editor until 1984, when he became a freelance writer. He now lives in reclusiveness in the hills of Szentlászló. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango. In 1993, he won the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. His other books include Seiobo There Below, War & War and Animalinside. Tarr Béla has made films either in collaboration with him or based on his works, including The Last Boat, Satantango and A londoni férfi.