Patricia de Martelaere
Patricia de Martelaere (b. 1957) is a writer and professor of philosophy. Between 1988 and 1992 she published four novels: Nachtboek van een slapeloze (Night Book of an Insomniac, 1988), De schilder en zijn model (The Painter and His Model, 1989), Littekens (Scars, 1990), and De staart (The Tail, 1992). In 1994 her collection of essays Een verlangen naar ontroostbaarheid (A Longing for Inconsolability) received the J. Greshoff Award. In 1997 she published another essay collection, Verrassingen (Surprises), which earned her the Belgian State Prize for Essay and Criticism. In 2004, more than a decade after her last novel had appeared, she surprised her readers with Het onverwachte antwoord (The Unexpected Answer), which was nominated for both the AKO and Libris Literature Prizes.