Kees van Beijnum
Kees van Beijnum (b. 1954) originally worked as a journalist, but after reporting on a case of murder in Amsterdam-Noord, in Over het IJ (Over the IJ Water, 1991), he opted to become a full-time writer. In the novel Dichter op de Zeedijk (A Poet at the Zeedijk, 1995), his literary ambitions became more serious and later novels such as De ordening (The Archives, 1998) and the successful De oesters van Nam Kee (Oysters at Nam Kee’s, 2000), which received the Bordewijk Award and was made into a successful film, demonstrated his increasing mastery of the profession. Whereas his earlier work was strongly biographically tinted, the later novels have broadened out. Van Beijnum’s work follows the tradition of such great American writers as Capote, Hemingway, and Faulkner. His characters attempt to get a grip on the world, and deliberate on their own participation in it, subtly covering major ethical and social problems in the process. In 2002 Van Beijnum published the novel De vrouw die alles had (The Woman Who Had Everything), followed in 2004 by Het verboden pad (The Forbidden Path) and in 2008 by Paradiso.