Louis Ferron (1942-2005) was the son of a German Wehrmacht soldier and a Dutch mother. He made his debut in 1962 with the poem cycle Kleine krijgskunde (Small Theory of War), which was published in a literary magazine. His first novel appeared in 1974. He also wrote essays and translated novels by Baldwin and Nabokov, among others. In 1978 he received the Multatuli Prize for De keisnijder van Fichtenwald (The Stone-Cutter of Fichtenwald). In 1990 he was awarded the AKO Literature Prize for Karelische nachten (Karelian Nights) and in 1994 De Walsenkoning (The Waltz King) won the F. Bordewijk Prize. In 2001 he was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his oeuvre. Ferron’s last novel was Niemandsbruid (Nobody’s Bride, 2005), the fictionalised story of the life of Adele Schopenhauer, the famous philosopher’s sister.