Yves Petry (b. 1967) studied Mathematics and Philosophy. He wrote his remarkable debut, Het jaar van de man (The Year of the Man) – about a young anti-hero leading a lethargic existence – in 1999. With Gods eigen muziek (God’s Own Music) it became clear that this was an author with an unusual view of the nature and emotions of man. De laatste woorden van Leo Wekeman (The Last Words of Leo Wekeman, 2003) is set in the competitive world of journalism. For his novel De achterblijver (The Straggler, 2006), about artificial intelligence and human emotions, Petry received the Dutch BNG Nieuwe Literatuurprijs. His latest novel, De maagd Marino (The Virgin Marino, 2010) was awarded the prestigious Libris Literatuurprijs in 2011.