Laura Freudenthaler, born 1984 in Salzburg, lives in Vienna. Her stories Der Schädel der Madeleine were published in 2014. For her novel Die Königin schweigt she was awarded the Förderpreis zum Bremer Literaturpreis 2018 and the novel was recommended as best German debut at the Festival du Premier Roman 2018 in Chambéry. In 2019 she publishes her second novel Geistergeschichte awarded with the European Union Prize for Literature. In 2020 Laura Freudenthaler was awarded the 3sat-Preis, the George- Saiko-Preis, the Droste-Förderpreis and the Robert-Musil-Stipendium. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.