Nava Ebrahimi was born in Teheran in 1978. She studied Journalism and Economics in Cologne, Germany. Afterwards she worked as an editor for The Financial Times Germany and as a Middle East consultant for the German Office for Foreign Trade. Ebrahimi has published short stories in anthologies and magazines. In 2007, she reached the finals at the Berlin Open Mike which is the most important young authors competition in German-speaking Europe. She also participated in the 2013 class at Bavarias Writing Academy. For her first novel, Sechzehn Wörter (Sixteen Words), she received the Austrian Book Prize/Debut 2017. Nava Ebrahimi lives with her family in Graz, Austria, and is currently writing her second novel.
Please read an excerpt from Sixteen Words in a translation by Marshall Yarbrough here.