Uwe Wittstock was born in Leipzig in 1955. Literary editor of the »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«, 1980–1989, and editor for the S. Fischer Verlag for 10 years. He worked for »Die Welt« before becoming literature editor of »Focus« magazine in 2010. Theodor Wolff Prize for journalism, 1989. Recent publications were »Nach der Moderne« (2009, tr. After modernism), an essay on contemporary German literature, and »Der Fall Esra« (2013, tr. The case of Esra), on the limits of literary freedom.