Author

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

Classicist Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (b. 1968) has published poetry, stage plays, essays, columns, travel accounts, stories, political satires and four novels written in the spirit of Rabelais. In Het grote baggerboek (The Big Book of Dredgings, 2004) and in Het ware leven, een roman (Real Life. A Novel, 2006) he played a game with world literature and divided the critics. La Superba (2014) showed Pfeijffer’s engaged side. It won him the Libris Literature Prize and is currently being adapted into a film. In 2017 his novel Peachez, A Romance was published. He is highly praised for both his poetry and his novels.

La Superba

La Superba

(De Arbeiderspers, 2013, 348 pages)

This novel is set in Genoa, the labyrinthine port city (nicknamed ‘the Superb’) where the author has been living for the past five years. Migration is the central theme of this autobiographical story about a writer who becomes trapped in his walk on the wild side.

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Peachez. A Romance

Peachez. A Romance

(De Arbeiderspers, 2017, 174 pages)

‘The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble’ ran the headline in The New York Times in 2013, above an article about an Oxford professor of particle physics, Paul Frampton, who became the victim of ‘catfishing’. Surfing the internet, the physicist allowed himself to be tempted into committing a criminal offence by a busty photo model. At least, so he thought. Behind the model lurked a criminal cyber gang.

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Grand Hotel Europa

Grand Hotel Europa

(De Arbeiderspers, 2018, 547 pages)

An author by the name of Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer leaves Venice and moves into the stately Grand Hotel Europa for an indefinite period. His relationship with Clio, a clever hot-blooded art historian, has just fallen apart. In the hotel, where a sense of long-lost glory hangs in the air, he reconstructs exactly what went wrong with Clio and befriends the eccentric hotel staff and guests along the way.

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