Dimitré Dinev was born in 1968 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He fled to Austria in 1990 and took on various odd jobs to make ends meet. He obtained a degree in Philosophy and Russian philology from the University of Vienna. The novelist, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter began regularly writing in German in 1991. His works include: the novel Engelszungen (Angelic Tongues, 2003), the collections of short stories Die Inschrift (The Epigraph, 2001) and Ein Licht über dem Kopf (A Light above the Head, 2005), the collection of essays Barmherzigkeit (Compassion, 2010); several plays, among them Russenhuhn (Russian Chicken, 1999), Haut und Himmel (Skin and Sky, 2006), and Eine heikle Sache, die Seele (A Slippery Affair, the Soul, 2008); and the script for the movie Spanien (Spain, 2011), which is due to premiere at the Berlinale in 2012. His literary accolades include the German Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for non-native German language authors (2005) and the Bulgarian theatre Oscar “Askeer” for the best original play (2007). He most recently resided in Sri Lanka as a writer-in-residence fellow of the One World Foundation. His works have been translated into 15 languages.