About the Author

Jürek Becker (1937–1997) was a Holocaust survivor and one of the few novelists of Jewish heritage in post–World War II Germany. He was the author of many acclaimed novels, including Jacob the Liar, Sleepless Days, and Bronsteins Children. Christine Becker grew up in a notable German publishing family and studied German literature and publishing at the Freie University in Berlin. In 2004, Becker edited the published collection of letters written by her husband between 1969–96, entitled Your Nonpareils, followed by a collection of essays, interviews and lectures, entitled My Father, the Germans and I, in 2007; both are published by Suhrkamp. She lives in Berlin.