The author

Jan Buruma (1966) is an archivist, a writer and a miracle in languages. He was born and raised in the Dutch province of Friesland, was active in poetry declaration and acting.

When the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989, Buruma discovered the fascinating countries in Eastern Europe. He lived a few years in Bulgaria and was many times in Ukraine. He was editor for Balkan Bulletin and freelance journalist for Transitions Online and the Leeuwarder Courant.

Buruma created the eccentric archive professor Von Falckensteyn, who is able to track down ancient documents that everyone supposes to be disappeared. Von Falckensteyn is driven in a carriage and is fond of Paganini's sixth violin concert.