Durs Grünbein is the author of eight previous volumes of poetry, as well as essays and translations from the Greek and Latin. His work has been awarded many major German literary prizes, including the highest, the Georg-Büchner-Preis, which he won at age thirty-three, and the 2004 Friedrich-Nietzsche-Preis. He has lived in Berlin since 1985. Michael Hofmann lives in London and teaches part-time at the University of Florida. He has translated many German authors, among them Ernst Jünger, Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Koeppen, and Joseph Roth.