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Markus Orths was born in 1969. He studied philosophy and French and English literature, and now lives and writes in Karlsruhe. He has received various awards for his novels and short stories, including the Limburg Award (2003), the North Rhine-Westphalia Award (2003), the Marburg Literature Award (2002), the Moerser Literature Award (2000), and the Floriana Award. His novel Lehrerzimmer (Staff Room) became a bestseller. In 2000 he won the Berlin open mike, which is one of the most prestigious and important literary contests for young writers in Germany.