Arthur Japin (b. 1956) has written for the stage as well as for radio, film and television. His breakthrough came in 1997 with the novel De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi), which sold over 150,000 copies and was awarded several prizes. Een schitterend gebrek (In Lucia’s Eyes) won him the Libris Literature Prize in 2004. His other great historical novels – Someone Found and Vaslav – were also worldwide successes. His books have sold more than one and a half million copies in the Netherlands alone and have been published in more than twenty languages. What Silence Wants has been on the Dutch bestseller list since its publication and has so far sold over 55,000 copies.