Per Leo over De donkere kamer van Damokles – Willem Frederik Hermans

"The reader is really disturbed in the end and he loses the feeling of what is right and what is wrong." Per Leo, 43, schrijver, Berlijn (DE).

Per Leo over zijn boek Vloed en bodem

"It was supposed to be a non-fiction book, but it turned out to be a piece of literature." Per Leo, 43, schrijver, Berlijn (DE).

Laksmi Pamuntjak over War and the Iliad – Simone Weil & Rachel Bespaloff

"This book gave me the courage to write my own story about 1965 in a way that is not black and white." Laksmi Pamuntjak, 44, schrijfster, Jakarta.

Paul Bühre over De naam van de wind – Patrick Rothfuss

"It's great, I don't know how to explain, but it's really awesome. You just keep reading, you want to know how it goes on." Paul Bühre, 16, scholier, Berlijn (Duitsland).

Paul Bühre over zijn boek Puber leaks

"I'm trying to provide helpful tips about how to survive with a teenager in your house." Paul Bühre, 16, scholier, Berlijn (Duitsland).

Laksmi Pamuntjak over haar boek Amba of de kleur van rood

"Even though my novel's big theme is the Indonesian genocide of 1965, it is essentially a love story." Laksmi Pamuntjak, 44, schrijfster, Jakarta.

Nick Louth over The wrench – Primo Levi

"It doesn't sound a very promising subject, but Levi wrote beautifully about it." Nick Louth, schrijver, journalist, Lincolnshire (UK).

Noah Charney over Het Rusland huis – John le Carré

"For me, this is perfectly constructed. If you removed a page, a chapter, even a sentence or a piece of punctuation, it would remove the aura of perfection." Noah Charney, 36, schrijver, journalist, Slovenië.

Owen Sheers over Ask the moon – Dannie Abse

"I think that it's incredibly rare that you get seventy years of lyrical enquiry into nearly every stage of our lives." Owen Sheers, 41, schrijver, dichter, Talgarth (Wales).

Noah Charney over zijn boek Kunstvervalsing

"Imagine you're at a cocktail party and your host says that intruiging looking gentleman in the corner is an art forger." Noah Charney, 36, schrijver, journalist, Slovenië.

Owen Sheers over zijn boek Ik zag een man

"I think that in the process of writing a novel, you tend to fall in and out of love with your work a lot." Owen Sheers, 41, schrijver, dichter, Talgarth (Wales).

Nir Baram over zijn boek De wereldschaduw

"The encouter between the individual and the forces in the world was very interesting to me." Nir Baram, 38, schrijver, Tel Aviv.