Author

Maxim Februari

Maxim Februari (b. 1963) is a writer, columnist, lawyer and philosopher. His novel The Sons of the View (De zonen van het uitzicht) was published in 1989. His major breakthrough came with the award-winning The Book Club (De literaire kring, 2007, published by Quercus) which won the Annie Romein-Verschoor Prize and was shortlisted for the Libris and Golden Owl Literature Prizes and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2008 Februari received the Frans Kellendonk Prize for his entire oeuvre. He has also written several collections of essays, and since 1999 he has contributed a regular column to newspapers, first to de Volkskrant and now to NRC Handelsblad, often on the subject of justice and morality.

The Literary Circle

The Literary Circle

(Prometheus, 2007, 254 pages)

Thirty-year-old Theresa Pellikaan is typical of the wealthy middle classes - with her respectable background, successful husband and house in an apparently sleepy, yet powerful, rich village. ‘Money is what you have, it isn’t for talking about,’ she feels, and art is a spiritual occupation.

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Man Under Construction

Man Under Construction

Notes on transsexuality

(Prometheus, 2013, 128 pages)

In the autumn of 2012, Maxim Februari, known until then as writer and philosopher Marjolijn Februari, announced his intention to live as a man. In Man Under Construction he describes how the news was greeted: the unease, the interest and the slightly too comradely tone in which people suddenly started to address him. Whatever the reaction, there was always an element of ignorance. Hardly anyone seemed to understand what a sex change actually involves or how best to react to it.

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Lump

Lump

(Prometheus, 2017, 256 pages)

A great deal has been written about the ever more radical ways in which data shapes our lives. The tone is either optimistic and impressed or cynical doom-and-gloom. Maxim Februari, one of the Netherlands’ sharpest, most multifaceted thinkers, has turned his hand to the novel to explore at close quarters the influence of big data on a number of lives. The result is Lump.

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Website

https://www.maximfebruari.nl