Kristof Magnusson was born in Hamburg in 1976. After training as a church musician, he spent 1996-1998 doing social work with holocaust survivors and the homeless in New York before studying at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig, the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Reykjavík. Magnusson lives in Berlin as a writer and translator from Icelandic. He has received numerous fellowships and awards for his work as a dramatist and fiction writer and taught courses on German literature, writing and translating at University of Leipzig, University of Iowa, Queen Mary/University of London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His works include the comedy Männerhort, which has recently been adapted for the screen and the best selling novels Das war ich nicht and Arztroman.