About Florian Illies
Florian Illies was born in 1971, studied art history in Bonn and Oxford, and became features writer of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1997. From 1999 to 2001 he headed the FAZ’s “Berlin pages”, and went on to edit the magazine for the newly-founded Sunday paper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. He was a co-founder and editor of the art journal Monopol. In 2008, he became the head of Features and Literature at Zeit. Illies is now a partner in "Villa Grisebach", the Berlin auction house, where he is responsible for 19th-century art. His four previous books, including Generation Golf (2000) and 1913. The Year Before The Storm (2012), have sold over a million copies.