Julia Franck was born in Berlin in 1970. She studied German literature, Philosophy and Anthropology of Native Americans at the FU Berlin. She has received several awards, including the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize in 2004 and the Roswitha Medal of the City of Gandersheim in 2005. She spent the year 2005 in the Villa Massimo in Rome. Her most recent publications are LIEBEDIENER (1999), BAUCHLANDUNG. GESCHICHTEN ZUM ANFASSEN (2000) and LAGERFEUER (2003). For her novel DIE MITTAGSFRAU (2007) Julia Franck received the German Book Award 2007.
"With great fierceness and sharp contours, BACK TO BACK illuminates the consequences of well-intended efforts to create a completely new society, should fundamental things like humanity, intimacy, and love be left by the wayside . . . A very moving book." - Freie Presse
"A novel that, with its hypnotic language, creates its own realm of relevance, a realm which the reader is drawn into, then paralyzed, and devoured. You dive back into the real world in shock." - Tages-Anzeiger
"This novel, a deeply grim SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION from the early period of the 'state of workers and farmers,' leaves the reader lost for words. Was it really so bad? . . . It was so much worse." - Saarbrücker Zeitung
"Franck is an outstanding talent of the German literary landscape." - Stuttgarter Zeitung
"Franck's work draws on German literary tradition to explore the interconnection of public histories and private lives in the twentieth century." - World Literature Today