Michael Kumpfmüller was born in 1961 in Munich. He studied history and German philology in Tübingen, Vienna and Berlin. In 1986 he moved to Berlin and worked first as a journalist for daily newspapers and radio. His literary debut came in 2000: the east-west novel Hampels Fluchten was widely discussed. In 2003, he published his second book with the title Durst [Thirst], which was based on a real criminal case. In 2008, he wrote the novel Nachricht an alle, for which he received the Alfred Döblin prize. His most recent work is Die Herrlichkeit des Lebens (2011).