Tom Lanoye (b. 1958) is one of the most popular and well regarded Flemish authors. He started out as a poet and a critic, but became famous with his prose, drama, politically and socially engaged columns and his performances. Abroad, particularly in Germany, he is highly regarded as a script writer. His debut as a fiction writer was Een slagerszoon met een brilletje (A Butcher’s Son with Glasses). After Alles moet weg (Everything Must Go, 1988, filmed in 1996), he established his reputation once and for all with Kartonnen dozen (Cardboard Boxes, 1991), an autobiographical novel about becoming aware of his homosexuality. His most important work until now, about the eventful nineties in Belgium, which Flemish television turned into a ten part series, was the award-winning Monstertrilogie (Monster Trilogy, 1997-2002). Het derde huwelijk (The Third Marriage, 2006) was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and the Gouden Uil.