from the February 2010 issue
Marc Legendre (1956) lives and works on El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, which forms the setting for Waiting for an Island. Legendre studied Applied Art and was editor of the weekly cartoon magazine Kuifje for a number of years. He then moved to Robbedoes magazine, where his comic strip Biebel became a great favorite with readers. Biebel is a little boy with his own, unusual view of the world who constantly charms readers and makes them laugh. Twenty-eight albums and publications later, Legendre finally brought this successful series to a close. 2005 saw the publication of his first graphic novel, Finisterre, which was commended for its innovative approach. His second graphic novel, Verder (2007), was also showered with praise and was the first picture story ever to appear on the shortlist for the Libris Literature Prize. Waiting for an Island (2009) is the third part of this trilogy about futility.
Translated from Dutch by David Colmer
David Colmer is an Australian translator who lives in Amsterdam. He has won many prizes, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (both with novelist Gerbrand Bakker), and most recently the James Brockway Prize for his translations of Dutch poetry.