Foto: Selwyn HoffmannMarkus Werner was born in Switzerland, in Eschlikon in the Canton Thurgau, in 1944. He died in Schaffhausen in 2016. He studied German literature in Zurich and worked as a teacher until 1990 when he became a freelance author. His books have been translated into several languages und have received numerous awards. He published the novels Zündels Abgang, Froschnacht, Die kalte Schulter, Bis bald, Festland, Der ägyptische Heinrich and Am Hangy His awards include the Joseph-Breitbach-Prize (2000), the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Prize (2002) und the Schiller Prize of the Swiss Schiller Foundation (2005).