Rascha Peper (1949-2013) made her debut with the collection of short stories, De waterdame (The Water Lady, 1990). She has written numerous novels since, one of which, Rico’s vleugels (Rico’s Wings, 1993), was shortlisted for the AKO Literature Prize. In 1996 she received the Multatuli Prize for her successful book, Russisch blauw (Russian Blue). She is regarded as a writer of carefully crafted books whose construction does not get in the way of a gripping story; readers know her as an accessible and compelling narrator. In 1997 a sizeable volume of her collected short stories was published, and spring 1998 saw the arrival of her novel Een Spaans hondje (A Spanish Dog). In 1999 the novel Dooi (Thaw) appeared, followed in 2003 by the ambitious novel Wie scheep gaat (Embarkation). In 2005 Peper published the novella Verfhuid (Dyed in the Skin).