Harry Mulisch was born in July 1927 in Haarlem. Mulisch’s father was from Austria-Hungary and emigrated to the Netherlands after the First World War. During the German occupation in World War II he worked for a German bank, which also dealt with confiscated Jewish assets.
He has won the Anne Frank Prize (1957), the Athos Prize (1961), the P.C. Hooft Prize (1980) and the Prijs van de Nederlands Letteren (1995) and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. Some of his works include Between Hammer and Anvil, Two Women and The Procedure as well as a variety of plays, essays and works of poetry.