Erwin Mortier (1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which was awarded with several prizes in Belgium and the Netherlands and met with universal acclaim throughout Europe. In the following years he quickly built up a reputation as of one the prominent authors of his generation, both of prose and poetry. His first collection of verse, Forgotten Light won him the Debut Prize of Poetry International Rotterdam. His novel While the Gods were Sleeping, a sweeping and epic panorama of the Great War in Belgium and France, was hailed as a masterpiece and received the Ako Literature Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the Netherlands. A grand stylist, Mortier’s evocative descriptions bring past worlds brilliantly to life. In March 2014 he published his newest novel , The Reflections.