Hanna Krall was born in 1935 in Poland and survived the Second World War hiding in a cupboard. She began her writing career as a prize-winning journalist. Since the early 80s she has worked as a novelist. She has received numerous Polish and international awards, such as the underground Solidarity Prize, Polish PEN Club Prize and the German Wurth Preis for European Literature 2012. Translated into seventeen languages, her work has gained widespread recognition. In 2007, Krol kier znow na wylocie (Chasing the King of Hearts) was shortlisted for the Angelus Central European Literary Award.