Murat Baltić, born in Sandžak in 1952, found employment as a judge in his native town of Sjenica after completing his law studies. He was a critic of the Milošević regime and wrote commentaries for opposition newspapers. After an interview on Deutsche Welle, he was declared a spy and dismissed. Because his life was under threat, he had to leave Yugoslavia. He received literary scholarships from the city of Munich, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the state of Brandenburg. Today he lives with his family in Düren near Cologne.