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Elke Schmitter is a poet, novelist and journalist, born in 1961 in Krefeld, Germany. She has three poetry collections, three novels and a book of essays on Heinrich Heine. In English translation are her first novel 'Mrs Sartoris', and her latest poetry collection 'The stones are asking me about you'. Her works are translated into 22 different languages. She studied philosophy at Munich University. She lives in Berlin and is the Cultural Editor of Der Spiegel.