Renate Rubinstein (1929-1990) was born in Germany but moved to the Netherlands in the 1930s. She wrote columns for a Dutch weekly for almost thirty years; her first collection of these columns in book form appeared in 1964. She published numerous other books after this, and was awarded the Multatuli prize for literature in 1979. Rubinstein was a leading polemical journalist. Curious, open-hearted and engaged to her core, she also wrote openly and impressively about her inner life. Many of her twenty-six or so books are still in print. In the fall of 2020, 30 years after she passed away, an anthology of her work was published with her columns, lectures and letters, under the title Only The Courageous Ask Questions (Bange mensen stellen geen vragen).