Wolfgang Herrndorf (1965–2013) originally worked as a painter and illustrator before starting to write novels. He had his literary breakthrough in 2010 with Tschick
, which has sold more than a million copies in Germany. By this point he was already suffering from an incurable brain tumor. He continued to write for the next few years, completing Sand
, which won the 2012 Leipzig Book Fair Prize. He also documented his experiences of fighting his illness on a blog, Arbeit und Struktur
, which was later published in book form. He took his own life in 2013.