Erwin Mortier (b. 1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which set the tone for a consistent oeuvre of a very high literary standard. A grand stylist, his evocative descriptions bring past worlds brilliantly to life. His majestic While the Gods Were Sleeping was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, while the modest Stammered Songbook won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in France.
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