Stefan Hertmans (1951) is one of the most distinguished and prominent Flemish authors. He is a recipient of numerous accolades, both domestic and international. He is a poet, writer, and essayist with an enviable opus of works. He has published six novels, two volumes of short stories, eight volumes of essays on literature and philosophy, an autobiographical book on contemporary urban problems, and some fourteen volumes of poetry. He received numerous prizes and nominations for his work. He also lectures at some of the most prestigious European universities. He was professor of art criticism, aesthetics and text analysis at University College Ghent till 2010.
The regular guest on international stages excites both domestic and foreign readers with his erudite, poetic literature, in which he often touches upon the topics of remembrance, childhood, and the relationship between fact and fiction. Despite a successful writing career spanning over three decades, the author finally achieved his breakthrough with his most recent novel titled Oorlog en terpentijn (War and Turpentine), which was published at the centennial of World War I and immediately sparked the interest of the most influential publishing companies around the globe. It landed on the Top 10 Best Book of the Year list by New York Times and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.