Bae Suah was born in 1965 in Seoul and studied chemistry at Ewha Womans University. She made her literary debut in 1993 with the short story “A Dark Room in 1988,” published in the quarterly Fiction and Philosophy. She quickly gained acclaim in the 1990s as an innovator of Korean literature and was awarded the 36th Hankook Ilbo Literary Award for Sunday Sukiyaki Restaurant and the 17th Dongseo Literary Award for Autodidact in 2004. She is the author of the short story collections Highway with Green Apples and The Owls' Absence and the novel Nowhere to Be Found, among others. She has translated a number of German books into Korean, such as Martin Walser’s Angstblüte and W.G. Sebald’s Vertigo and After Nature.