Nicolaas Matsier (b. 1945) established his reputation with the short story collections Oud-Zuid (1976), Undetermined Unhindered (1979) and the novella The Eternal City (1982). His autobiographical novel Closed House (1994) was nominated for the AKO-Literature Prize, the Gouden Uil and the Libris Literature Prize and was awarded the Mekka Prize and the F. Bordewijk Prize. He received the E. du Perron Prize for his novel The Forty-eighth Hour in 2005. In 2017 Matsier made his debut as a poet with the collection Untitled Undated.