Yasmine Allas (born in 1967) arrived in the Netherlands in 1987. She attended drama school, acted with various companies, and performed her own solo show. In 1998, she made her writing debut with the successful novel, Idil, een meisje (Idil, A Girl). Her second novel, De generaal met de zes vingers (The General with Six Fingers), 2001, was also highly acclaimed. In 2004, De blauwe kamer (The Blue Room) was published, followed by an essay collection entitled, Ontheemd en toch thuis (Uprooted but Still Home), 2006, on coping with Dutch culture and her own background and beliefs. Een nagelaten verhaal (A Handed-Down History), her fourth novel, has also been very well received and has been reprinted several times since its recent publication.