The name Bart Moeyaert (1964), a constant presence among the candidates for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, has become synonymous with the best European fiction for children. Born in Bruges, and the last of the seven brothers, in his writings the Dutch author often tackles existential issues as complex as rejection, love and the powerful dialectics between siblings, making them easily accessible and enjoyable to readers of all ages. His début novel, "Duet met valse noten", was released in 1983 and it is considered a classic in the Netherlands. His other successes include "Blot Handen" ("A mani nude", winner of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) and "Broere" (Fratelli", which added a Woutertje Pieterse Prijs to his long list of awards). Over thepast decade, his books have been translated into more than twenty languages and his creative vein shows no sign of slowing down, as shown by "Der Melweg" ("Il Club della Via Lattea"), the exciting adventures of two brothers (Max, Oscar) and a fried (Emma) through the streets of a deserted city where nothing seems to happen.
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