Doeschka Meijsing (1947-2012) made her debut in 1974 with De hanen en andere verhalen (The Cockerels and other Stories), ‘like a princess’ as one critic put it. In her work she investigates the relationship between fiction and reality, which makes her a post-modern writer. As her work grew, realism gradually gained ground, as in De beproeving (The Ordeal, 1990), Vuur en zijde (Fire and Silk, 1992) and De tweede man (The Second Man, 2000). Meijsing is now regarded as a writer of stature, as witness, for example, the plaudits given to De weg naar Caviano (The Road to Caviano, 1996) and the award of the Multatuli Prize to Tijger, tijger! (Tiger, Tiger!, 1980).