Sabine Scholl, born in 1959 in Upper Austria, studied German, history and drama in Vienna. She has been a full-time writer since 1990, as well as holding lectureships at several higher education institutes, including the German Institute of Literature in Leipzig, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She has lived in Chicago, New York and Japan, and currently resides in Berlin. Her work includes: Die Geheimen Aufzeichnungen Marinas (2000), Sehnsucht Manhattan (2004), Sprachlos in Japan – Notizen zur Globalen Seele (2007). She has received many awards, including: Austrian Stipend for Literature (1995), Adalbert Stifter Grant (2000), and Elias Canetti Stipend (2006).