Natascha Wodin was born in 1945 in Fürth in Bavaria to Ukrainian parents who had been forcibly removed to work in Germany under the Nazi regime. She was brought up in a camp for Displaced Persons and then, after her mother’s suicide, in a Catholic children’s home.
Wodin became an interpreter and translator from Russian, and from 1980 earned her living as a writer. Since 1984 she has lived in Berlin and Mecklenburg. She has written novels, short stories and poetry, often about the experience of being a foreigner and of being homeless and rootless.
She has won numerous prestigious prizes for her work, including the Adelbert-von- Chamisso Prize in 1998, the Brüder- Grimm Prize in 1989 and 2009, the Alfred-Döblin Prize in 2015 and the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2017 for Sie kam aus Mariupol. Her most recent book, Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel is a memoir of her father. (2019)