Yves Petry (b. 1967) is a writer and essayist. He studied mathematics and philosophy, and it shows through in his work, sometimes referred to as ‘philosofiction’. Petry does not fight shy of the big moral issues, tackling subjects including artificial intelligence, cannibalism, love affairs, and grief caused by climate change. One of his central themes is the person who relates to those around him as an individual thinker. Petry has been called one of the most important stylists in Dutch-language literature. He has won awards including the Libris Literature Prize, the BNG New Literature Prize, the Inktaap, and the Tzum Prize for the year’s best literary sentence.
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