Feridun Zaimoglu, born in 1964 in Bolu, Anatolia, has lived in Germany since he was six months old. He studied art and medicine in Kiel and writes for Die Welt, the Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Zeit and FAZ. For his literary work he received the Hebbel Prize in 2002, the Jury Prize at the Bachmann Competition in Klagenfurt in 2003 and the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 2005. In 2005, he was also writer-in-residence at the Villa Massimo in Rome. Numerous other prizes followed, including the Grimmelshausen Prize (2007), the Corine Prize (2008), the Jakob Wassermann Literature Prize (2010) and the Prize of the Houses of Literature (2012). In 2016, he received the Berlin Literature Prize and an honorary professorship of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.