Daniela Kapitáňová (1956) grew up and currently lives in Komárno, a town on the Danube, whose other half, Komárom, lies on the opposite side of the river in Hungary. She has come to fiction fairly late in life, having trained as a theatre director in Prague, and directed in both Slovak and Czech theatres. Kapitáňová has worked for Slovak Radio, writes opinion pieces and teaches creative writing at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. She is the author of two detective stories but is most famous for her first book, Samko Tále. Kniha o cintoríne (Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book, 2006), which she sent to the publisher Koloman Kertész Bagala anonymously, under the narrator’s pseudonym.