Ilija Trojanow is an author, translator, educator, and publisher. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1965. Trojanow is a member of the PEN Centre in Germany and the author of numerous award-winning works of fiction and non-fiction, including his debut novel Die Welt ist groß und Rettung lauert überall [The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner] (1996) which was adapted for film in 2008, Der Weltensammler [The Collector of Worlds] (2006), and Macht und Widerstand [Power and Resistance] (2015). His most recent novel, Doppelte Spur [Two Tracks], was published in July 2020. He has lived in Germany, Kenya, France, South Africa, and Austria. He currently lives and writes in Vienna.