Uwe Timm started publishing in the early 1970s and became known to a larger audience in Germany after one of his children's books, Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel, was turned into a movie. Today he is one of the most successful contemporary authors in Germany. His books Die Entdeckung der Currywurst (The Invention of Curried Sausage) and Am Beispiels meines Bruders (In my brother's shadow) can both be found on the syllabi of German schools. Timm calls himself his writing style "die Ästhetik des Alltags" ("the aesthetics of everyday life"). Timm's works also tend to have autobiographical features and often deal with the German past or are set in the German past. For ARTE Reportage, he tells the stories of the refugees in Breidjing camp.