Born in 1971, Florian Illies studied art history in Bonn and Oxford. He was editor in chief of the arts and culture section of the Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and of Die Zeit. He was also a publisher at Rowohlt, managed the Auktionshaus Grisebach and founded the art magazine “Monopol”. Florian Illies is currently co-publisher of Die Zeit and a freelance writer. His global hit “1913: The Year Before the Storm” established a new genre and topped the Der Spiegel best-seller list for months.