Jan Zimmermann grew up in rural Upper Hesse where, surrounded by romantic forests and meadows, he made his first literary attempts. Driven by a passion for curiosities threatened with extinction, he was drawn to the urban “Wild East” of Leipzig to study the virtually unknown subjects of Indology and Ethnology. After many years including an extended stay in India, he turned his back on the anthropological business of being a foreigner among foreigners and headed back to the writing desk to work as journalist and translator. His activities include being editor of the architecture magazine mapolis. Still an ethnologist at heart, human beings remain the main focus for him, in architecture as well as the interplay between them and their creations. Fun Fact: When he is not wading through a tangle of words, he transforms into a musical “Cosmonaut” in the otherworldly spheres of “Sexy Surf” and “Trucker Punk”.