Sylvie Germain was born in Chateauroux in Central France in 1954. She read philosophy at the Sorbonne, being awarded a doctorate. From 1987 until the summer of 1993 she taught philosophy at the French School in Prague. She now lives in Angouleme. Sylvie
Germain is the author of thirteen works of fiction. Her work has been translated into twenty one languages and has received worldwide acclaim. Sylvie Germain’s first novel The Book of Nights was published to France to great acclaim in 1985. It has won five literary prizes as well as the TLS Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize in England.The novel’s story is continued in Night of Amber in 1987. Her third novel Days of Anger won the Prix Femina in 1989.
Her next novel Magnus, was written in fragments, and creates a powerful study of the Holocaust and the long shadow it left. It won the Goncourt Lyceen Prize for the best French novel of 2005.