Julya Rabinowich is one of the most prominent writers living and working in Austria today. Born in St. Petersburg, she moved to Vienna in 1977. Her work responds to the European refugee experience, but also engages intensively with the Austrian cultural heritage of the fin de siècle and beyond. She writes weekly columns addressing current issues for the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.
Tess Lewis has translated numerous books from the German and French, including Austrian authors Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Doron Rabinovici, and Maja Haderlap’s Angel of Oblivion, for which she won the 2017 PEN Translation Prize. Works by Julya Rabinowich she has translated include her debut novel Spaltkopf [Splithead] for Portobello Books in 2011 and an excerpt from her 2012 novel Die Erdfresserin [The Earth Eater].