Lieve Joris (b. 1953), who was born in Belgium and lives in Amsterdam, is one of Europe’s leading non-fiction writers. She has written an award-winning book on Hungary, De melancholieke revolutie (The Melancholy Revolution, 1990), and has published widely acclaimed reports of her journeys in the Middle East and Africa, notably the Congo. Her books about the Middle East include De Golf (The Gulf, 1986) and De poorten van Damascus (The Gates of Damascus, 1993). About the Congo she wrote four books: Terug naar Congo (Back to the Congo, 1987), Dans van de luipaard (The Leopard’s Dance, 2001), Het uur van de rebellen (The Rebels’ Hour, 2006) and De hoogvlaktes (The High Plains, 2008). The account of her travels through Senegal, Mauretania and Mali, Mali Blues (1996), gained Joris the Belgian triennial award for Flemish prose (1999) and the French ‘Prix de l’Astrolabe’. For the French edition of De hoogvlaktes (Les Hauts Plateaux, 2009) Joris was awarded the Prix Nicolas Bouvier. In 2010 she published Mijn Afrikaanse telefooncel (My African Phone Booth), a collection of stories.