F. Springer (1932 - 2011), one of the best-loved narrators in Dutch literature, is the pseudonym of Carel Jan Schneider. As a diplomat and administrator for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Schneider travelled all over the world. All his postings – New Guinea, New York, Bangkok, Brussels, Dhaka, Luanda and Tehran - feature as backdrops to his stories. The novels and short story collections Tabee New York (Goodbye New York, 1974) and Zaken overzee (Overseas Business, 1974) brought him recognition from reviewers, but it was with the novel Bougainville (Bougainville, 1981) a well-constructed, moving book, that he reached a larger readership. In it, a diplomat is confronted with the death of an old friend. Quissama (1985, about the independent Angola) and Teheran, een zwanenzang (Teheran, A Swan Song, 1991), about the fundamentalist revolution in Iran, take place in turbulent surroundings. What remains is his laconic style, reminiscent of the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but always with the ironic perspective of a tragic subject matter. Schneider’s final post was East Berlin, where he was the Dutch ambassador from 1985 to 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell. F. Springer’s latest novel Quadriga, een eindspel (Quadriga, An End-Game, 2010) is set against the background of the biggest political revolution in the modern history of Europe.