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.