Abdelkader Benali (b. 1975) wrote his debut, Bruiloft aan zee (Wedding by the Sea, 1996), aged 21. This astonishing novel, about a Dutch Moroccan who goes back to his home country in search of his sister’s deserted bridegroom, received the Geertjan Lubberhuizen Prize. Benali was awarded the Libris Literature Prize for his second novel, De langverwachte (The Long-Awaited, 2002). He has since published the novels Laat het morgen mooi weer zijn (Let Tomorrow Be Fine, 2005) and Feldman en ik (Feldman and I, 2006). He also writes plays and occasional pieces of journalism. In 2005, with the historian Herman Obdeijn, he published Marokko door Nederlandse ogen 1605-2005 (Morocco Through Dutch Eyes 1605-2005).