Olen Steinhauer

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Olen Steinhauer
Picador Guest Professor for Literature
Room 3 5.14 | Phone: (0341) 973 7333
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Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Austin, San Francisco, Boston, Brooklyn, Romania, Italy, and Hungary. He received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA from Emerson College in Boston. In 1999, he won a yearlong Fulbright research fellowship to work on a novel in Romania. Since 2002, he has been a full-time novelist. He lives in Budapest with his wife and daughter.

His first five novels formed a sequence chronicling the life of a fictional Eastern European country from 1948 until 1989, following the arc of the Cold War. They were shortlisted for a variety of awards and received significant critical acclaim in the US and the UK.

2009’s The Tourist, the first of a projected trilogy of espionage thrillers, was optioned for film by Warner Bros., with George Clooney slated to star. Happily, it’s also the first of his novels to reach the New York Times bestseller list. It is being published in 20 languages—the German edition will appear in January 2010.


  • The Nearest Exit (2010—forthcoming)
  • The Tourist (2009)
    Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (UK)
  • Victory Square (2007)
  • Liberation Movements (2006)
    Shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Best Novel (US)
  • 36 Yalta Boulevard (2005)
  • The Confession (2004)
  • The Bridge of Sighs (2003)
    Shortlisted for:
    The Historical Dagger Award (UK), The Edgar Award, Best First Novel (US), Anthony Award, Barry Award and the Macavity Award

Short Stories (Selected)

  • You Know What’s Going On” forthcoming in Agents of Treachery (2010)
  • Hungarian Lessons” from Expletive Deleted (2008)
  • The Piss-Stained Czech” from Dublin Noir (2006)
  • Investment in Vevey” from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (2005)