(Netherlands) Cees Nooteboom is one of the greatest and most original contemporary Dutch writers: translator of Spanish, Catalan, French and German poetry and American plays, and the author of novels, poetry, essays and travel books. His work, which constantly reflects on nationalism and what it means to be European, has been translated into more than twenty languages. He has won, among other accolades, the European Literary Prize (1993) for The Following Story, the Bordewijk Prize (1981), the Pegasus Literature Prize (1982), the Madrid Círculo de Bellas Artes Gold Medal (2003), The European Poetry Prize (2008), the Dutch Literature Prize (2009) and one of the most prestigious travel writing awards, the Chatwin Prize (2010). In France he has been made a Knight of the Legión de Honor and is Doctor Honoris Causa from the Freie Universität in Berlin. He lives a nomadic life between the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, and his latest book is Een duister voorgevoel.