Tom Lanoye (b. 1958) is a Belgian author and playwright. He had his proper breakthrough in 1985 with the novel “A butcher’s son with glasses”, (Een slagerszoon et een brilletje), which positioned him as front-runner of a new anarchistic generation of Flemish writers. Later on Lanoye has grown out of his reputation as being the enfant terrible of Belgian literature and has established his talent through a productive authorship, which includes articles, poetry, novels and plays. He is one of the most versatile authors of his generation, including the Dutch language area, and his works have been translated into several languages.