Hans Christoph Buch was born in 1944. A novelist, reporter and essayist, he studied German and Slavic language and literature at the University of Bonn and the FU Berlin. In 1972, he completed his doctorate in literature under Walter Höllerer at the Technische Universität Berlin. In the 1970s, he worked for the Rowohlt Verlag, for which he edited the magazine “Literaturmagazin”. Later, he lectured at universities in the US, Chile and Cuba and traveled widely in North and South America, Africa and Asia, with extended stays in China. Buch developed a special relationship with the Caribbean region in the 1980s, especially with Haiti, where many of his novels are set. In the 1990s, he was a prominent reporter from war zones and crisis-hit regions.
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