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About the Author

Merle Kröger is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and novelist. In 2016, she will be releasing a documentary film in Germany based on the events that served as the inspiration for Collision, a bestseller in Germany with a ranking of #28 on the Spiegel list.

Rachel Hildebrandt has published both fiction and nonfiction works in translation, including Grace: A Biography by Thilo Wydra and Staying Human by Katharina Stegelmann (both from Skyhorse).
Alexandra Roesch is a bilingual translator based in Frankfurt am Main. She grew up in England, studied Business and Modern Languages in London and initially worked in the Banking Industry before moving to Germany in 1997. She recently completed a M.A. in Translation at the University of Bristol, including extensive studies of Alfred Döblin, Günter Grass and Ralf Rothmann. She translates extracts and short stories for major German and Swiss publishers.


"We get a crash course in history and geopolitics as Kroger dramatizes how the refugees are treated by strangers ranging from tourists to the authorities. Her rich canvas includes sweeping commentary on a range of global hot-button topics, including Assad's Syria and the complicity of policemen in the violence in Gujarat, India. Quick transitions between different points of view keep the story hopping while allowing readers multiple perspectives as the story unfolds. Kroger demonstrates great dexterity in resolving plot twists, even acknowledging the absence of easy solutions." --Booklist
"The first novel translated in English by the German novelist and filmmaker Kröger takes place mostly on and near The Spirit of Europe, where an inflatable raft full of 'children of the Black Decade' (Algerian refugees escaping the wreckage of the civil war there) have arrived, hoping for sanctuary in Europe. The ensuing story is built on vignettes featuring various players in the drama... showing how everyone from governments to traffickers to tourists is implicated in the refugee crisis." --Kirkus Reviews