Elfriede Jelinek was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, where she studied music and later theatre and art history. Alongside, she began writing poetry and established herself as a leading, if controversial, member of postwar Austria's first generation of artists who struggled to come to terms with the legacy of the Holocaust. Among her most famous novels are The Piano Teacher (1983), Lust (1989), The Children of the Dead (1995). However, Jelinek considers herself primarily a playwright, and her plays Rechnitz, The Merchant's Contracts and Charges (The Supplicants) are available from Seagull Books in the volume Three Plays. The translation of her satirical play on Donald Trump, On the Royal Road: The Burgher King, is forthcoming from Seagull Books in September 2020. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages and she received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004.