Authors / Erwin Mortier

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 various prizes, nominated for the most important literary awards and published in seven languages. In 2015, his novel While the Gods Were Sleeping won the prestigious AKO Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Stammered Songbook received unanimous praise and won the 2013 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in the essay category. Five of his major works have been published in English by Pushkin Press.


Recent title – English material available:

De onbevlekte (The Immaculate), 2020


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