Author

Marcel Möring

Ever since his debut, Marcel Möring has been ranked among the Netherlands’ most important contemporary authors. His first novel, Mendels erfenis (Mendel’s Inheritance, 1990), won him the Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize, while his second one, Het grote verlangen (The Great Longing, 1992), was awarded the prestigious AKO Literature Prize. Stacey Knecht’s English translation of it won the 1996 Vondel Translation Prize. Möring further published the novellas Bederf is de weg van alle vlees (Decay is the Way of All Flesh, 1994) and Modelvliegen (The Dream Room, 2000), the novel In Babylon (1997), which earned him the Flemish Golden Owl Award, and the long-awaited Dis (2006). His work has been widely translated.

The Great Longing

The Great Longing

(De Bezige Bij, 1992)

Marcel Möring’s opinions on political and social developments are frequently sought. Both inside and outside his literary work he displays an aversion to permissive, ironic literature. An engaging writer, he enjoys tackling real and serious matters while maintaining his sense of humour at all times.

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In Babylon

In Babylon

(De Bezige Bij, 1997, 474 pages)

‘I try to take a new step in my development with each book,’ stated the author on the appearance of this novel. ‘Not only the subject, but also the style is completely different in each of my three novels. Mendels erfenis is written poetically. Het grote verlangen is an urban novel, like a road movie. In Babylon is epic, with a classical narrative tone, alternating with light passages.’ Different as the tone may be, there are constants in Möring’s work.

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In a Dark Wood

In a Dark Wood

(De Bezige Bij, 2006, 508 pages)

If love died at Auschwitz, is there any hope of reviving it? This is a crucial question in Dis (In a Dark Wood), a tragic love story set in the provincial town of Assen in June 1980, on the eve of an internationally famous motorcycle race, the Dutch TT. In a style that explores the whole range of human emotions, Marcel Möring recounts the rise and impending downfall of the prosperous but despondent Jakob Noach, proud father of three daughters.

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Translated books

Website

http://www.marcelmoring.com/