Philip Snijder (b. 1956) studied Italian Language and Literature and made a successful debut in 2007 with Zondagsgeld (Sunday Money, 16th print run in 2017), followed in 2011 by Retour Palermo (Return Ticket to Palermo), about a young couple from Amsterdam who go to Sicily for their first vacation, which was voted the Novel of the Year by HP/De Tijd magazine. In 2012 he published Het geschenk (The Gift), a novel about a son who wants to give his dying father the parting gift of closure on his past. His novel De volcontinu (Continuous Production, 2014) follows the protagonist through a series of episodes, from his childhood until he’s almost sixty years old. Bloed krijg je er nooit meer uit (Blood Doesn’t Come Out, 2016) is about a brother-sister relationship marred by shame and resentment.