Melinda Nadj Abonji was born in 1968 in Becsej, Serbia. Today, she lives as a writer and musician in Switzerland. She studied German philology and history in Zurich. In 2004, her first novel was published with the title Im Schaufenster im Frühling, for which she received several awards. For the novel published in 2010, Tauben fliegen auf (Fly Away, Pigeon) she received the German and the Swiss Book Prize.