Zyranna Zateli was born in 1951 in the town of Sochos, northwest of Thessaloniki. She studied Drama in Athens, but has only ever worked as a writer. Last Year’s Fiancée, her first collection of short stories, was published in 1984, followed by a second in 1986 entitled Grace in the Desert. Her novel At Twilight They Return was published in 1993 and won Greece’s State Prize for Best Novel in 1994. Her novel Death Came Last (2001), the first part of her trilogy entitled With the Strange Name Ramanthis Erevous, won Greece’s State Prize for Best Novel in 2002. Her short story My Brother’s Magical Wooden Staffs was published in 2006, followed by Passion a Thousand Times, the second instalment in her trilogy, in 2009, a collection of short stories titled Pleasure in the Temples in 2011 and Dream Journals in 2017. The final instalment in her trilogy, She’s Visible as Invisible, was published in 2021. In 2010, Zyranna Zateli was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Athens. Her works have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Serbian, and English.