Markus Zusak is the author of Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting The
Girl, I Am The Messenger and
The Book Thief. He received the
Children's Book Council of Australia's
Book of the Year Award for I Am the
Messenger. He lives in Sydney, where
he "writes, occasionally works a real
job, and plays on a soccer team that
When asked about The Book Thief, he explains, "I wanted to write something very different than what I'd done before. The idea of a book stealer was in my head when I was writing I Am The Messenger, but it wasn't ready to be written. The original idea was set in the present in Sydney, which didn't feel quite right. Then I thought about writing of the things my parents had seen while growing up in Nazi Germany and Austria, and when I brought the ideas together, it seemed to work, especially when I thought about the importance of words in that time, and what they were able to make people believe."
In his acknowledgements, Zusak mentions many people but ends with "special thanks to his parents, Lisa and Helmut Zusak - for the stories we find hard to believe, for laughter, and for showing me another side."
This article was originally published in March 2006, and has been updated for the
September 2007 paperback release.
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