Ingo Schulze, born in 1962 in Dresden, studied Classical Philology in Jena and worked in Altenburg as a dramatic advisor and newspaper editor. He has lived with his family in Berlin since 1993. Awards for his first book, 33 Augenblicke des Glücks
[33 Moments of Happiness] (1995) included the Aspekte Literature Prize. He received the Berlin Literature Prize with the Johannes Bobrowski Medal for Simple Storys
(title of the English translation: Simple Stories
) (1998). In 2001 he received the Joseph Breitbach Literature Prize and in 2007 he received the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair for his second volume of stories, Handy
[Cell phone]. Ingo Schulze is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin and of the German Academy for Language and Poetry. His books have been translated into 27 languages.