Erwin Mortier (b. 1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which won several prizes and was nominated for the most distinguished Flemish and Dutch literary awards. His subsequent novels Mijn tweede huid (My Fellow Skin, 2000) and Sluitertijd (Shutterspeed, 2002) and the novella Alle dagen samen (All Days Together, 2004) quickly established his reputation as one of the leading authors of his generation. For Godenslaap (Divine Sleep, 2008), a novel set against the backdrop of the First World War, he was awarded the prestigious AKO Literature Prize 2009. A consummate stylist, he offers evocative descriptions that bring past worlds brilliantly to life.