Carmen-Francesca Banciu, born in Romania, was banned from publication during the last years of the Communist regime. She moved to Berlin in 1990 on the invitation of the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence program. She lives in Berlin as a freelance writer and writes in German. Banciu has received numerous literary prizes and scholarships; most recently, her novel Lebt wohl, Ihr Genossen und Geliebten was nominated for the 2018 German Book Prize (DBP). Four of her books were translated into English.
Evgeny Pinelis, an intensive care physician in a New York City hospital, was born in Moscow to a family of doctors, graduated from medical school, and works in the United States. “Vsyo Nichevo” (literal translation: “All Nothing” or “Everything’s Okay”) is his debut book.
A novel by Ali Bader, an award-winning Iraqi novelist, essayist, poet, scriptwriter, and journalist who has written ten novels that won 5 Arabic literary awards, several works of non-fiction and two poetry collections. Author of the novel <em>Papa Sartre</em> (AUC Press, 2009). Ali Bader, who had covered the Middle East as a war correspondent, lives in Belgium.