Harald Martenstein, born in 1953, is the author of the column “Martenstein” in ZEITmagazin and editor for the Berliner Tagesspiegel. In 2004, he received the Egon Erwin Kisch Award. His novel “The Way Home” won the Corine Literature Award in September 2007, and in 2010 the Curt Goetz Ring was passed on to him. His second novel “Perceived Proximity”, published in the same year, garnered the highest of praise from critics. Currently, Martenstein writes a column for the Sunday edition of the Tagesspiegel, also regularly contributing commentaries for the Berlin Film Festival as well as individual larger reports and essays. Most recently, he published “Black Gold from Warnemünde” (2015) and will next publish a book about his first love: cinema.