• Austria

Japanese-Austrian writer based in Vienna, born in St. Pölten. Studying German and Romance language and comparative literature in Vienna and Berlin, Milena came to fame thanks to multiple national and international prize nominations, including winning the prestigious Austrian Alpha prize for literature and being longlisted for the German Book Prize for her novel I Called Him Necktie, a bestseller in Austria. 

FEATURED BOOK: Mr Kato plays Family. Milena’s 4th novel, tr. Caroline Froh, Forge Books, 2023. Pensioner Mr. Kato contemplates life during his walks. Secretly adopting the role of “part-time relative” to those in need, Mr. Kato is profoundly changed by his experiences.