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Erwin Mortier

Erwin Mortier

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Erwin Mortier (b. 1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which was awarded several prizes, was nominated for the most important literary awards and has been published in several countries. His novel Godenslaap (While the Gods Were Sleeping) won him the renowned AKO Literature Prize, and has been shortlisted  for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2015. Gestameld liedboek (Stammered Songbook), received unanimous praise, and won the 2013 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in the category essay. Five of his major works have been published in English by Pushkin Press.

Press on While the Gods were Sleeping:

An astonishing novel. Mortier takes us with him
into everyday life during the First World War, and in a way so
profound and impressive that it’s as if the author
experienced those times himself. – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Press on The Reflections:

The subtlety with which Mortier brings together aesthetics and
tragedy and lays out his narrative is breathtaking. Everything
in this novel is precisely on target. Our verdict, in one word? Masterly. – De Standaard


Mortier writes beautifully about clandestine love in wartime.
Every sentence is both poetic and powerful. – Elsevier