Cees Nooteboom (b. 1933) debuted in 1955 with the novel Philip en de anderen (Philip and the Others) and has since built up an imposing oeuvre of novels, poetry, short stories and travelogues. His work earned him numerous awards, among which the Bordewijk Prize an the (American) Pegasus Prize for Rituelen (Rituals, 1980) and the Aristeion European Prize for Literature for Het volgende verhaal (The Following Story, 1991). The latter was translated into over twenty languages and signalled his international breakthrough. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious P.C. Hooft Prize for his entire oeuvre. The jury’s report stated that with regard to its power of expression, scope and originality, Cees Nooteboom’s prose is of the best produced in the Netherlands in the last fifty years. Among his other books are the travelogues Berlijnse notities (Berlin Notes, 1990), which won him the German 3rd of October Literature Prize, and De omweg naar Santiago (Roads to Santiago, 1992), and the novels Allerzielen (All Souls’ Day, 1998) and Paradijs verloren (Lost Paradise, 2004).