Peter Terrin


Peter Terrin about Turnhout

The Truth of the Matter

De ware toedracht

Dear Christophe, I think I have a good idea. It hit me suddenly, as these things often do, suddenly and fully-...

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Peter Terrin (1968) is a unique voice in contemporary Flemish literature. His first collection De Code (The Code) appeared in 1998. After his first novel Kras (Scratch), published in 2001, his breakthrough came with Blanco (2003), which was nominated for the AKO prize for literature. A second nomination for the same prize followed for his collected stories De Bijeneters (The Bee-Eaters) (2006).

The outstanding novel De bewaker (The Guard), reached the Gouden Uil and AKO long lists, and the shortlist for the Libris Literatuurprijs 2010. The book eventually won the European Union Prize For Literature. Leading publishers in thirteen countries have purchased the translation rights, and the book will appear in English, French, Italian and Hebrew, amongst other languages. The master of ominous detail previously wrote the Radiobook For the Sake of Peace for deBuren. His most recent novel Post Mortem (2012, De Arbeiderspers) won the AKO literatuurprijs.

For citybooks Peter Terrin spent two weeks in Turnhout. The resulting citybook will be published online in the autumn of 2012.