Wer ein Zuhause hat, hat Sorgen.
Bettina Balàka was born in Salzburg in 1966, studied English and Italian, before staying in Great Britain and in the USA for a while. Since 1991 she has been living as author and translator in Vienna. She was awarded several prizes for her poetry, essays and fiction, including a Robert Musil Scholarship for Eisflüstern (The Whisper of Ice, 2006). Balàka is member of Grazer author meeting and the federation of dramatic writers of Austria.
Publications (selection): Road movies (1998), the award-winning essay Messer (Knife, 2000, Droschl), Der langangehaltene Atem (The Long-Drawn Breath, 2000), Eisflüstern (The Whisper of Ice, 2006, Droschl), Kassiopeia (2012) and Unter Menschen (2014).