Stefan Hertmans’ (b. 1951) biography reads like a ‘bildungsroman’: from teacher to jazz musician to professor and writer’s writer to Belgian State Prize Laureate and major international success. He has published novels, short stories, essays on literature and philosophy, plays and poetry. Immediate classic 'War and Turpentine' was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times. His novel 'The Convert' is a love story against the backdrop of religious wars and refugees in the Middle Ages.
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