Julia Schoch was born in Bad Saarow (Germany) in 1974. She studied in Bucharest and Paris and now lives in Potsdam, working as a freelance author and translator. Her highly acclaimed debut, Der Körper des Salamanders, a collection of short stories, won her numerous prizes, including the Friedrich Hölderlin Stipend and the Annette von Droste Hülshoff Prize. Her novel, Mit der Geschwindigkeit des Sommers, was shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Fair Award 2009. In her latest novel the young narrator of Self-Portrait with Bonaparte is trying to come to terms with the end of a formative relationship.