Adri van der Heijden (b. 1951) is one of Holland's greatest and most highly awarded authors. His /uvre consists mainly of two sagas: The Toothless Time and Homo Duplex. He has also written four other requiems, one of which about his father's death, His Father's Ashes. Tonio won three of Holland's most prestigious literary awards: the Constantijn Huygens Prize, the 2012 Libris Literature Prize, and the 2012 NS Reader's Award for the Best Book of the Year. It has been a major bestseller in Holland and in Germany, and this edition marks its first appearance in English. Jonathan Reeder, a native of New York and longtime resident of Amsterdam, enjoys a dual career as a literary translator and performing musician. Alongside his work as a professional bassoonist, he translates opera libretti and essays on classical music, as well as contemporary Dutch fiction. Literary translations include Conny Braam's WWI novel The Cocaine Salesman, Peter Buwalda's bestseller Bonita Avenue and the comic thriller A Sleepless Summer by Bram Dehouck.