Friedrich Christian Delius was born in Rome in 1943 and grew up in Hessen. He is one of Germany’s most prolific, decorated, and distinguished authors and intellectuals. He has published more than a dozen novels and a number of poetry collections. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He has won numerous German literary prizes including the Joseph Breitbach Prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, and the Critics Prize. He is a member of the Freie Akademie Hamburg, the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. In addition to studying and teaching at numerous universities in Germany, he has lived, studied, worked, and taught in the Netherlands, London, and the US.
From 2002 until 2013 he lived mainly in Rome. Since then he has lived in Berlin.