Stephan Abarbanell was born in 1957 and grew up in Hamburg. He studied protestant theology and general rhetoric in Hamburg, Tübingen and Berkeley/USA. He also worked as a chaplain at the University Hospital San Francisco. For many years he was chief of programming at rbb Broadcasting, and is now in charge of cultural affairs with the public rbb-Television and Radio in Berlin. He lives with his wife in Potsdam. Displaced is his first novel.