Christoph Bartmann was born in 1955 and studied German and History. Since 1988, he has worked at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Prague and Copenhagen, among other cities. From 2011, he was the director of the Goethe Institute New York and from 2016, Warsaw. He also writes regular articles for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. His most recent publication by Hanser is Leben im Büro. Die schöne neue Welt der Angestellten (2012).