Stefan Berg was born in East Berlin in 1964. After graduating in 1982, he was drafted as a “construction soldier”. Since 1986, he has worked as editor for various church newspapers, moving to the Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt in 1991. From 1996 on, he has been writing for the magazine Der Spiegel. His story Zitterpartie was published in 2011 (Edition Chrismon/Suhrkamp).
Günter de Bruyn was born on November 1, 1926 in Berlin, and now lives in Görsdorf bei Beeskow, where he works as a free-lance writer. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Thomas Mann Prize, the Prize of the German National Foundation, the Eichendorff Literary Prize and the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize. Among his most significant works are the two cultural-historical essays Als Poesie gut and Die Zeit der schweren Not, the autobiographical volumes Zwischenbilanz and Vierzig Jahre, as well as the novels Buridans Esel and Neue Herrlichkeit.