born in 1956, is a freelance author living in Munich. His novels include Leichtes Licht (C.H. Beck, 2005), Ludwigshöhe (C.H. Beck, 2008) and Königsallee (C.H. Beck, 2013), which became a bestseller, and he has edited the letters of Madame de Pompadour, selections from the diary of Duke von Croÿ, and the memoirs of Else Sohn-Rethel. Most recently he has been awarded the Hannelore Greve Literature Prize (2006) and the Nicolas Born Prize (2008), among other honours, and in 2012 he was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. In 2014 he was awarded the Literature Prize of the City of Munich and the Literature Prize of the Lower Rhein. Hans Pleschinski is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Arts.