Born in Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sasa Stanisic fled the war to Germany 1992. He studied German as a Foreign Language and Slavic Studies in Heidelberg, and Creative Writing at the German Literature Institute Leipzig. He has been teaching German and creative writing since 2000. Stanisic began his publishing career 2001. Since then he has written short stories, essays, theatre and radio plays and was engaged in literary blogs and stage performances. His first novel *How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone* (Grove/Atlantic 2008) has been translated into 30 languages. It is a tale of a boy who experiences the war in Bosnia and finds the secret to survival in language and stories. Every page of this glittering, exuberant book thrums with the joy of storytelling. He has been living mostly in German speaking countries since 1992 and has been writing short stories all his life. In his first short story there were partisans and a talking dog. In his plays puppets play. Stanisic has received many stipends for his work. This spring he is the Max Kade Writer-in-Residence at MIT and teaches 20th/21st Century German Literature.