Carsten Jensen was born in 1952. He first made his name as a columnist and literary critic for the Copenhagen daily Politiken in 1984. He has published six collections of essays and two novels, one of which, Earth in the Mouth, has been translated into English by Anne Born. His most recent English translation, I Have Seen the World Begin, was awarded the Danish Booksellers' Award, the Golden Laurels. It will be published in English in October.