Marcel Möring was born in 1957 in Enschede, an industrial town near the Dutch-German border. He studied Dutch literature for two years, then went from one odd job to another and wrote several plays. Möring published his first novel, Mendels Erfenis, in 1990, to almost unanimous critical acclaim. In 1998, the novel In Babylon appeared. It was as a major success in both the Netherlands and Germany and was published in the UK (Flamingo), France (Flammarion), the USA (William Morrow) and a great number of other countries.
Marcel Möring lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.