Katja Petrowskaja is a writer and journalist. She was born in Kiev in 1970, studied Russian literature at Tartu University and received a PhD from the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow. Since 1999, she has lived in Germany and worked for Russian- and German-language media. Since 2011 she is a columnist of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. She is the author of the bestseller novel Vielleicht Esther (Maybe Esther) written in German and published in 2014. The novel has been met with great critical acclaim and received, among other, the most important award for debut writing in German, Ingeborg Bachmann prize. It has been translated into 20 languages.