Diego Marani was born in Ferrara, Italy in 1959. Marani is a novelist, translator, essayist and newspaper columnist. In 1996 he invented Europanto, a mock international auxiliary language. Marani has published different articles, short stories and video clips in Europanto. His most famous novel New Finnish Grammar has been translated into several languages and won the Grinzane Cavour Literary prize. His last book La Bicicleta Incantata has been made into a film. Marani now works as a Policy Officer for the Directorate-General for Interpretation of the European Union.