Ilija Trojanow, born 1965, has lived in Nairobi, Munich, Mumbai, and Cape Town. Today he lives in Vienna. His published works include An den inneren Ufern Indiens (a journey along the Ganges, 2003), Der Weltensammler (a novel, 2006), Der entfesselte Globus (collection of journalistic pieces, 2008), EisTau (a novel, 2011) and the photography volume Wo Orpheus begraben liegt (with photographs by Christian Muhrbeck, 2013) and the epic novel Macht und Widerstand (2015). He has received numerous literary awards, including the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 for Der Weltensammler, as well as the Preis der Literaturhäuser in 2009.
Thomas Gebauer, born in 1955, studied psychology and sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He then went to work for the aid agency medico international, where he has been managing director since 1996. He was awarded the Goethe Award by the City of Frankfurt in 2014.