Jessica Durlacher (b. 1961), daughter of author G.L. Durlacher, made her debut in 1997 with The Conscience. It was quickly followed by the novels The Daughter (2000) and Emoticon (2004). Durlacher also translated both volumes of Maus by Art Spiegelman, a graphic novel about the persecution of the Jews, and has written a number of novellas: Arthuro d’Alberti (2005), Writers! (2006) and What Happened to Cathy M? (2007). Her work has been translated into several languages and won her a number of literary prizes. For The Hero she received the Opzij Literature Prize.