Tomas Lieske (b. 1943) debuted at the age of 38 with poetry published in the literary journals Tirade and De Revisor. In 1992 his first prose work, Oorlogstuinen (War Gardens), gained him the Geert-Jan Lubberhuizen Prize. In 1996 his novel Nachtkwartier (Night Quarters) was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, an award he finally received for his novel Franklin (2001), about an outcast who manages to survive on optimism and imagination. Magic, myth, and chance play a central role in Lieske’s universe. With the successful novel Gran Café Boulevard (2003) he was able to find a prosaic, tempting, and accessible form for expressing the ineffable. In the historical novella Mijn soevereine liefde (My Sovereign Love, 2005), Lieske hones his baroque narrative style sharper than ever. For his fifth poetry collection *How to Recognize your Lover *(2006), he was awarded the prestigious VSB Poetry Prize 2007.