Maarten ’t Hart made his debut under the name Martin Hart with the novel Stenen voor een ransuil (Stones for a Long-Eared Owl, 1971). He studied biology in Leiden and worked as an ethologist at Leiden University. One of the most important themes in his oeuvre is his childhood in a Calvinist community and his distancing himself from it. His passions for nature and music also constantly crop up in his work. ’t Hart broke through to a wide audience with his melancholy novel about meeting his teenage love: Een vlucht regenwulpen (A Flight of Curlews, 1978). Many novels, short-story and essay collections later, ’t Hart, with his authentic tone and work which often touches upon the tension between biography and fiction, has grown to be one of the most popular and most translated of Dutch authors. In an interview he said: ‘What I like about literature is that one can show a compressed piece of one’s most intimate self.’ Some of his other novels are Het woeden der gehele wereld (The Fury of the Whole World,1993), a Bildungsroman and a thriller in one, De zonnewijzer (The Sundial, 2002), Lotte Weeda (2004) and Het psalmenoproer (Psalms and Riots, 2006), a historical novel.