Leonard Blussé is attached as sinologist and historian to the University of Leiden. Earlier publications include Nederlanders overzee (The Dutch Abroad, 1983, together with Jaap de Moor) and Tribuut aan China. 400 jaar Nederlands-Chinese betrekkingen (Tribute to China. 400 Years of Sino-Dutch Relations, 1988). Bitters bruid was awarded the 1998 Golden Owl, the premier Flemish literary prize.