Internationally acclaimed writer. Celebrated for his superb command of language and his humorous approach to major issues.
Marcel Möring has been considered one of the most important contemporary writers since his début. Both in his work and beyond he opposes literature being overly permissive and ironic. He is an engaged writer who likes to explore major themes, which he approaches humorously. Diaspora, family and memory are recurring themes in his work. His first novel, the poetically written Mendels erfenis (1994) was recognised as the best début of the year. His second book, the urban novel Het grote verlangen (published in English as The Great Longing), won the AKO Literature Prize, sold more than 150,000 copies, and was a huge success in Scandinavia, Germany, Japan and Britain. His epic novel In Babylon was twice awarded the most important Flemish literary prize, the Golden Owl - once by the jury and once by the public. It was received as a masterpiece in the Dutch-speaking world and was hailed as a great European novel in Germany, the United States and Britain. It is a literary thriller about the Atomic Age, the Jewish history of Europe, and the question of who we are and where we are without roots. This autumn will see the release of his latest novel, Eden, about a nameless child who grows up in a forest and has no idea of the world beyond, the fate of a number of psychiatric patients and a psychiatrist, who sees his institute as a place where the flotsam of our society is left, and wonders whether his belief that man and the world can be healed is correct. Möring's work has been translated into fifteen languages.