Michael Wildenhain was born in Berlin in 1958. After studying philosophy and information technology, he became active in the squatting movement – and that provided material for his initial literary offerings: “zum beispiel k.”, “Prinzenbad” and “Die kalte Haut der Stadt”. His latest novels are “Russisch Brot”, “Träumer des Absoluten” and “Das Lächeln der Alligatoren”. He has received many prizes for his work, including the Alfred Döblin Award, the Ernst Willner Award, a Villa Massimo residency, and the London residency funded by the German Literature Fund. “Das Lächeln der Alligatoren” was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and won the Brandenburg Art Prize.