Bart Koubaa (b. 1968) is a photographer and writer. In his prose he wishes to capture something of the great bond that links people and the world in general, the great cohesion, a comprehensive vision. His first novel Vuur (‘Fire’, 2000), set among gypsies, was awarded the Flemish debut prize and was widely distributed as part of a campaign to promote reading. Lucht (‘Air’, 2005), is situated partly in Japan and partly in the USA, at the time of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2007, Koubaa published Het gebied van Nevski (‘The Nevski Region’) about a writer who falls through the ice on a trip through Russia and has to relearn language as a consequence of brain damage. De leraar (2009) is Koubaa’s fourth novel.