Born in Paris in 1950, Marc Cholodenko is a prolific poet, novelist, translator and screenwriter After having dropped out of college, he worked in the advertising business for two years. He then took up writing and is now the author of over twenty books, including "Parcs" (1972), "Métamorphoses" (1991) and "Les Etats du désert", which received the prestigious Prix Médicis in 1976. He is also the author of an erotic novel which was awarded the Crazy Horse Prize for best erotic fiction. His novel "Mordechai Schamz" has been published in translation by Dalkey Archives Press. Cholodenko has also translated over twenty books originally published in the United States (notably Edmund White and William Gaddis) and in collaboration with Philippe Garrel (among others), has written over ten screenplays.