Author

Ale S. van Zandbergen

Ale S. van Zandbergen was born in 1956, the son of the local butcher in Easterlittens, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland. He works as a mathematics lecturer and since 1979 he has contributed to various magazines in the Frisian language, especially De Strikel, for which he was also an editor. The Littens Fair (2013) is his debut novel. It won him the Douwe Tamminga Debut Prize and the Rink van der Velde Prize for the best Frisian prose work.

The Littens Fair

The Littens Fair

(Friese Pers Boekerij bv, 2013, 405 pages)

Van Zandbergen’s novel cleverly combines two narra­tives. The story of the unhappy marriage of a nineteenth-century clergyman and his wife in the farming village of Littens is interspersed with the tale of a solitary butcher’s son growing up in the same village almost a century and a half later. The storylines are interwoven to such an extent that it sometimes seems as if the time between them has evaporated.

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