The writer Maja Novak arrived on the Slovenian literary scene in the 1990s, becoming renowned for such thrillers as her 1993 debut novel Izza kongresa ali Umor v teritorialnih vodah (Behind Congress or Murder in Territorial Waters), as well as for being a writer of youth fiction. She has received many awards and accolades for her work. Her 1995 novel Cimre (Roommates) was among the finalists for the Kresnik Prize. For this novel and for her 1996 collection of short stories Zverjad (Beasts) she received the Prešeren Fund award. Maja Novak is also active as a translator from English, French, Italian and Serbian.