Arthur Japin (b. 1956) has written for the stage as well as for radio and television. In 1996 he published his first book, the collection of short fiction Magonische verhalen (Magonian Stories). He made his breakthrough a year later with the novel De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi), which sold over 150,000 copies and was awarded the Van der Hoogt Prize (1998) and the ECI Prize (1999). In 1998 Japin published another story collection, De vierde wand (The Fourth Wall), followed in 2002 by the novel De droom van de leeuw (Director’s Cut) and in 2003 by Een schitterend gebrek (In Lucia’s Eyes), which won him the Libris Literature Prize. Japin’s work has been translated into more than 15 languages.