About the Author
Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961) was a French writer and doctor whose novels are antiheroic visions of human suffering. Accused of collaboration with the Nazis, Celine fled France in 1944 first to Germany and then to Denmark. Condemned by default (1950) in France to one year of imprisonment and declared a national disgrace, Celine returned to France after his pardon in 1951, where he continued to write until his death. His classic books include Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan, London Bridge, North, Rigadoon, Conversations with Professor Y, Castle to Castle, and Normance.
Edna Buchanan worked the "Miami Herald" police beat for eighteen years, during which she covered five thousand violent deaths, three thousand of them homicides and won scores of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for Career Achievement in Journalism.. Edna attracted international acclaim for her classic true-crime memoirs, "The Corpse Has a Familiar Fac"e and "Never Let Them See You Cry". Her first novel of suspense, Nobody Lives Forever, was nominated for an Edgar Award.
She brings an exotic and steamy Miami to vivid life in all of her novels. Edna captures both the heartbeat and the hot breath of this restless, dynamic, and mercurial city. In addition to eighteen books, she has written numerous short stories, articles, essays and book reviews. She lives in Miami with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats.
Ralph Manheim (b. New York, 1907) was an American translator of German and French literature. His translating career began with a translation of Mein Kempf in which Manheim set out to reproduce Hitler's idiosyncratic, often grammatically aberrant style. In collaboration with John Willett, Manheim translated the works of Bertolt Brecht. The Pen/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation, inaugurated in his name, is a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. He himself won its predecessor, the PEN translation prize, in 1964. Manheim died in Cambridge in 1992. He was 85.