Frank Westerman (b. 1964) is the author of The Bridge over the Tara (1994) and Srebrenica: The Blackest Scenario (1997), as well as The Republic of Grain (1999) and Engineers of the Soul (2002), both of which were awarded prestigious prizes in the Netherlands and became bestsellers. In 2005 Westerman received the Flemish Golden Owl Award for El Negro and Me (2004), and Ararat (2007) was nominated for the first Ryszard Kapuscinski Prize, Poland’s top award for literary reportage. His subsequent book, Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse (2010), is soon to be made into a film. His work has been translated into sixteen languages.