Stefan Hertmans is considered to be one of the outstanding Flemish writers of his generation. He has won or been nominated for most of the literary prizes in the Dutch-speaking world (Multatuli Prize, Arch Prize of the Free Word, AKO Prize, Libris Prize, Bordewijk Prize, Prize of the Flemish Provinces, ‘State’ prize of the Flemish Community, Paul Snoek Prize, …).
He has taken part in important international festivals such as the Adelaide Writers’ Week Australia, the Struga Poetry Festival or Poetry International Rotterdam (1989 and 1997), the Writers’ Festival in Durban, Medellin Colombia, Ovid Festival Mangalia Rumania, Mexico City a.m.o. He has lectured at The Library of Congress, Washington (1998), at the Bookfair of Leipzig (1996), has been widely invited for discussions and readings in cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, London (King’s College), Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Weimar, Madrid etc. He was writer in residence at the university of Vienna (1997), took part in Les Belles Etrangères 1999 Paris, and was elected writer in residence at the Marguerite Yourcenar- villa in Northern France, where he finished his novel ‘As on the first day’ (AKO Nomination). He lectured at the Sorbonne, Paris, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Wien, Mexico City a.o.
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