was born in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents when he was three years old. He has worked as a freelance writer since 1989, writing novels, poetry, plays and short stories. In 2002, he adopted the pseudonym of two Canadian writers (Victor Caspak & Yves Lanois) and published the first volume of "Kurzhosengang" under their names, which was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize in 2005. His children's play "Magdeburg used to be called Madagascar" (premiere: GRIPS Theater) was produced as a radio play by Deutschlandradio Kultur and awarded the German Children's Radio Play Prize in 2015. The children's play "Du hast doch keine Angst, oder?" is based on the picture book "Zarah" (illustrated by Martin Baltscheit), which also won an award. The author now lives near Berlin in a former grain mill.