Mercedes Lauenstein was born in 1988 in Kappeln an der Schlei. She works as a freelance author, writing essays and articles for various newspapers and magazines. She lives in Munich and she participated at Scritture Giovani 2016, a project promoted by Festivaletteratura in order to promote the emerging talents of contemporary european literature. Her first book, "Nachts", was published by Aufbau Verlag and in translation in Italy by Voland Edizioni. She is currently woking on her second novel.
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