Author

Erwin Mortier

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.

Marcel

Marcel

(De Bezige Bij, 1999, 142 pages)

Marcel bears witness to Erwin Mortier’s exceptional writing talent. His first novel, peppered with countless striking metaphors and colloquialisms, describes the vivid history of a family in a Flemish village.

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My Second Skin

My Second Skin

(J.M. Meulenhoff, 2000, 192 pages)

Erwin Mortier is a promising writer who astonished the literary world eighteen months ago with his debut Marcel, in which a small boy reveals a family secret. In his second novel Mijn tweede huid (My Second Skin), Mortier has remained true to this perspective and his mature, scintillating style.

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Shutterspeed

Shutterspeed

(Cossee, 2002, 192 pages)

With his third novel, Sluitertijd (Shutterspeed) Erwin Mortier concludes a series that began with his successful debut Marcel (1999) and the follow-up Mijn tweede huid (Second Skin, 2000). Since early childhood the young Joris has lived with his aunt and uncle in a village. His father had died young and his mother had moved to Spain.

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Divine Sleep

Divine Sleep

(De Bezige Bij, 2008, 405 pages)

The First World War is the main theme of Erwin Mortier’s new novel Godenslaap (Divine Sleep), its magnitude and impact taking form in the recollections jarred down daily by the elderly Helena in her notebooks. Helena’s father was a prosperous Flemish merchant, and her mother a Walloon from a rich family in French Flanders. She has fond memories of summer holidays at her uncle’s large country house in France before the war, which is where, when war breaks out, she is sent by her father with her mother and siblings, in the hope that this will prevent her brother Edgar from volunteering for military service. No one can predict that an important part of the war will be fought in that part…

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Stammered Songs

Stammered Songs

(De Bezige Bij, 2011, 190 pages)

‘My mother gave me a dusting today. She thought I was furniture.’ Gestameld liedboek (Stammered Songs) is one of those rare books that grab you by the throat from the first sentence and never let go. After Erwin Mortier’s mother falls victim to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 57, he becomes the chronicler of her slow deterioration. His observations and meditations are couched in the scintillating, lyrical prose that has become his trademark.

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Website

http://www.erwinmortier.be