Dana Grigorcea was born in 1979 in Bucharest. After studying in Belgium, Germany and Austria, she moved to Switzerland. Her essays have appeared in newspapers across Europe and her novels have been translated into several languages. Her 2011 debut novel, Baba Rada, won the Swiss Literary Pearl. She was awarded the 3sat Prize in Klagenfurt at the 2015 Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for AnInstinctive Feeling of Innocence.