Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995 and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, his first novel, is an international bestseller. He lives in Berlin with his family.
Christine Lo (previously known as Christine Slenczka) worked for several years as an editor for various British publishers before she began working as a translator of German literature into English in 2002. Her published translation work includes, among others, Eagles and Angels by Juli Zeh and An Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky.