Ilma Rakusa



Ilma Rakusa is a Swiss writer and translator. She was born in Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, to a Hungarian mother and a Slovenian father, and spent her childhood in Budapest, Ljubljana and Trieste. From 1965–1971 she studied Slavic Languages and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literature in Zürich, Paris and St. Petersburg, and in 1971 she was awarded a doctorate for her dissertation on the "Theme of Loneliness in Russian Literature". Since 1977 she has been a lecturer at the University of Zürich, and also a freelance writer, translator and journalist (for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Die Zeit etc). She lives in Zürich.

Participant of the European Literature Days 2015.