Rodrigo Blanco Calderón over zijn boek The Night

"For me it was the ideal representation of the artist in a violent context, in a country like Venezuela." Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, 37, schrijver, Venezuela

Jaroslav Rudiš over Oude meesters – Thomas Bernhard

"In the books of Thomas Bernhard, I like the strange brutality and his musicality." – Jaroslav Rudiš, 45, schrijver, Praag (Tsjechië)

Jaroslav Rudiš over zijn boek Het volk boven

"It's a very brutal and melancholic novel, with a very special humour." Jaroslav Rudiš, 45, schrijver, Praag (Tsjechië)

Fatma Aydemir over Het leven van Vernon – Virginie Despentes

"What I like about this book most is that we get to know a lot of the characters, the author shows us a different life and its tragedies and successes in every chapter." Fatma Aydemir, 31, schrijfster, Berlijn

Fatma Aydemir over haar boek Ellebogen

"The story is about her struggle living in between two worlds and about not being fully accepted by none of them." Fatma Aydemir, 31, schrijfster, Berlijn

Nell Zink over Book of Numbers – Joshua Cohen

"Even when you're thinking 'What the hell does he think he is doing' you can read it, because he can really write." Nell Zink, 54, schrijfster, Bad Belzig (DE)

Nell Zink over haar boek Nicotine

"I was getting so tired of hearing my friends talk about how much they love tv, so I thought: I'll write a book, that's a little bit like tv." Nell Zink, 54, schrijfster, Bad Belzig (DE)

Justin Cronin over Lichtjaren – James Salter

"It's like every sentence is a perfect jewel on black filth. As a writer, I have to read that book every year, just to be in the presence of the sentences." Justin Cronin, 54, schrijver, Texas (USA).

Elisa Albert over Transit – Rachel Cusk

"It has a very unusual narrator, it's very compelling, and I admire it very much." Elisa Albert, 38, schrijfster, Albany (USA).

Elisa Albert over haar boek Tropenjaar

"Sometimes I'm overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day." Elisa Albert, 38, schrijfster, Albany (USA).

Justin Cronin over zijn De oversteek-trilogie

"Just for the record, I called my daughter to answer the question. Her answer is that in her own writing, her brain gives her sad people and she tries to write them to comfort. I like that." Justin Cronin, 54, schrijver, Texas (USA).

Kristine Bilkau over Een bruidsjurk uit Warschau – Lot Vekemans

"It is about how little things, decisions and mistakes can influence your whole life. It's amazing how she tells that story." Kristine Bilkau, 42, schrijfster, Hamburg (DE).