Daniel Mellem was born in 1987 and lives in Hamburg. He studied physics in Hamburg and London and did his PhD on mitochondrial networks before he started working on his first novel at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. He took part in the writing class of the Jürgen-Ponto-Foundation and published in the Hamburg Ziegel among others. For his manuscript Die Erfindung des Countdowns received the Retzhof Award for Young Literature 2017 and the Hamburg Advancement Award for Literature in 2018.






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