Wilhelm Genazino (1943–2018) studied German, philosophy and sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 1965, for the satirical magazine Pardon, and co-edited the magazine Lesezeichen. Since 1970, he has been working as a freelance writer and achieved a breakthrough with his trilogy Abschaffel. His many literary honors include the Bremer Literaturpreis (1989), the Hans-Fallada Preis (2003), and Germany’s many prestigious award, the Georg-Büchner Preis (2004). In 1990, Genazino became a member of the Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt, Germany.