Born in Bern in 1944, Pascal Mercier lives in Berlin. Following “Perlmann’s Silence” (1995) and “The Piano Tuner” (1998), his novel “Night Train to Lisbon” (2004) became one of the biggest best sellers in Germany in recent years and was translated into several languages. Under his real name, Peter Bieri, he teaches philosophy in Bielefeld and Marburg and at the Free University of Berlin. He was awarded the Tractatus Prize by Philosophicum Lech in 2014. Pascal Mercier won the 2006 Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize and the Italian prize Premio Grinzane Cavour in 2007 for the best foreign novel. He won the Lichtenberg Medal from University of Göttingen in 2007.