Erik Menkveld (1959-2014) has worked as an editor for various publishing houses, for literary journal Tirade and as a programmer at Poetry International. He made his debut as a poet in 1997 met De karpersimulator, which won the C. Buddingh’-prijs and the Lucy B. en C.W. van der Hoogtprijs. This was followed by his collections Schapen nu! (2001) and Prime time (2005), which were also well received. Het grote zwijgen (‘The Great Silence’, 2011) was his debut as a novelist. It won him the Academica Literatuurprijs 2012.