Rafik Schami, born in 1946 in Damascus, migrated to Germany in 1971, where he received his doctorate in Chemistry. He has been working as a freelance author since 1982. He lives in Marnheim/Palatine and is one of the most prominent authors of the German language. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his literary work, including titles such as Eine Hand voller Sterne (A Hand Full of Stars), Erzähler der Nacht (Storytellers of the Night), Der ehrliche Lügner (The Honest Lier). His most recent book published by Beltz & Gelberg was the picture book entitled »Hast du Angst, fragte die Maus« (Are You Scared, Asked the Mouse? (with Kathrin Schärer).