Otto de Kat
Otto de Kat is the pseudonym of retired publisher Jan Geurt Gaarlandt (b. 1946). He published his first novel, Man in de verte (The Figure in the Distance), in 1998, followed in 2004 by De inscheper (Man on the Move) and in 2008 by Julia. Each of these novels is set in the 1930s and 1940s and each was favourably received and nominated for various literary prizes. De Kat has received particular praise for his observant, hushed style. He creates a rather detached atmosphere in which people travel the world without ever finding what they are looking for or escaping their fate.