Florian Illies was born in 1971 and studied art history in Bonn and Oxford. He later worked in publishing at Rowohlt, headed up the Grisebach auction house, and was culture editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Die Zeit. His international hit 1913: The Year Before the Storm topped the German bestseller list for months. He lives in Berlin.
Simon Pare is a translator from French and German who lives near Zurich. His translation of Christoph Ransmayr's The Flying Mountain made the Man Booker International 2018 longlist, and he was runner-up for the 2021 Schlegel-Tieck Prize. In 2016, he was part of the team that translated The Panama Papers into English.