Saša Stanišić, born in Višegrad in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1978, came to Germany when he was fourteen. He studied at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut in Leipzig.
Stanišić has received numerous grants and prizes, including the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Leipzig Book Fair Prize.
His books Before The Feast and How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone have been translated into numerous languages. For the short stories in Trappers he was awarded the Rheingau Literature Prize and the Schubart Literature Prize.
Saša Stanišić lives and works in Hamburg.