Author

Ernest van der Kwast

Mama Tandoori (2010), Ernest van der Kwast’s (b. 1981) breakthrough novel, enjoyed huge success in the Netherlands and Italy, selling over 100,000 copies. In 2012 he produced the novella Giovanna’s Navel, the German translation of which was published by Mare in early 2015. His fluid, sensual style has charmed critics everywhere. As German daily FAZ put it ‘Ernest van der Kwast flutters around his storyline like a butterfly and his playfulness delights the reader.’ He works in his hometown Rotterdam as a programme-maker and presenter.

Mama Tandoori

Mama Tandoori

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2010, 214 pages)

In the autobiographical novel Mama Tandoori, Ernest van der Kwast paints a hilarious but moving portrait of his Indian and Dutch family. The protagonist is his mother, Veena. An Indian nurse, she comes to the Netherlands and, after a thousand rejections, finally marries prospective doctor, Theo van der Kwast. Once married, she turns out to be an exuberant fury who keeps her family strictly under her thumb – with a rolling pin, if necessary. She is particularly characterised by her search for discounts, bargains and special offers. Always looking for the cheapest, she believes ‘free is good’, even when it’s useless junk. ‘Never marry an Indian,’ is therefore Theo’s motto.…

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The Ice Cream Makers

The Ice Cream Makers

(De Bezige Bij, 2015, 304 pages)

In his bestseller Mama Tandoori, Ernest van der Kwast painted a vivid and hilari­ous portrait of an immigrant family. The Ice Cream Makers is every bit as enter­taining while tapping into a deeper seam of emotion. It is a delightful and sensual tale of poetry, love, family ties and the art of ice cream making.

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