Steinhauer at the Budapest Literary Festival in Hungary, June 2010
June 21, 1970 |
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
Steinhauer was born in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, and grew up in Virginia. He attended university at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas, Austin. He received an MFA in creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.
After graduation, Steinhauer received a year-long Fulbright grant to write a novel in Romania about the Romanian Revolution. It was called Tzara's Monocle, and when he moved to New York City afterward, he used that manuscript to secure a literary agent. However, it was with another book, the historical mystery set in Eastern Europe, The Bridge of Sighs, that Steinhauer first found publication.
The Yalta Boulevard Sequence
The Bridge of Sighs was the first in a five-book series of thrillers chronicling the evolution of a fictional Eastern European country situated in the historical location of Ruthenia (now part of the Ukraine) during the Cold War, with one book for each decade. Each book also focuses on a different main character.
- The Bridge of Sighs (2003) — Emil Brod, 1948 (nominated for five awards)
- The Confession (2004) — Ferenc Kolyeszar, 1956
- 36 Yalta Boulevard (2005) — Brano Sev, 1966–1967
- Liberation Movements (2006) — Brano Sev, Katja Drdova, Gavra Noukas, 1968 & 1975 (nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel)
- Victory Square (2007) — The final book in the series, dealing with 1989, the end of communism, and the return to the main character of the first book, Emil Brod.
The Milo Weaver Trilogy
- The Tourist (2009) — The first in a trilogy of espionage novels focused on a central character, Milo Weaver.
- The Nearest Exit (2010)
- An American Spy (2012)
- The Cairo Affair (2014)
- All the Old Knives (2015)
- Fleming, Mike (September 7, 2012). "Sony Acquires Olen Steinhauer Novel ‘The Tourist’ For Doug Liman To Direct". Deadline.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "The Picador Guest Professorship for Literature | American Studies Leipzig". Americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
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