Michael Roes, born in Rhede (Westphalia) in 1960, studied psychology, philosophy and German language and literature and then worked as assistant director and dramaturge at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. In 1991 he received his doctorate with an anthropological study on the son sacrifice (Jizchak). For his ethnopoetic novel Rub'al-Khali. Leeres Viertel" (Empty Quarter), he received the Bremen Literature Prize. Roes developed many of his literary and cinematic works in ethnological research projects, during travels and extended stays, especially in Arab countries or most recently in China. In 2000 he shot his first feature film Someone is Sleeping in my Pain, an Arabic Macbeth, in New York and Yemen. This was followed in 2004/2005 by Timimoun, an Algerian oresteia. In 1993 Roes was a fellow at the Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies; in 2004 and 2006 he held a visiting professorship at the Central European University in Budapest. In 2006, he received the Alice Salomon Poetics Prize for his complete works. Recent publications: Zeithain, (2017), Herida Duro, (2019), and Melancholy of Travel (2020). Michael Roes lives in Berlin.