Author

Eva Meijer

Eva Meijer (b. 1980) is an author, philosopher and singer-songwriter. Her debut novel, Het schuwste dier (2011, The Shyest Animal), was warmly received, as was her second novel Dagpauwoog (2013, Adventures in Animal Activism). She went on to study animal communication, publishing her findings in Animal Languages, which was translated into nine languages. Rights to her novel The Bird Cottage were sold in seven different territories and it was awarded the BNG Bank Literature Prize. For her doctoral thesis in philosophy, Political Animal Voices, Meijer received the Praemium Erasmianum Dissertation Prize.

The Bird Cottage

The Bird Cottage

(Cossee, 2016, 285 pages)

At the age of 40, violinist Gwendolen ‘Len’ Howard (1894-1973) exchanged the company of humans for that of birds. Having given up her seat in a London orchestra, she moved to Ditchling, a tiny village in Sussex, where she took up residence in ‘Bird Cottage’ and began studying the behaviour of the birds in her garden, gaining insight that was well ahead of its time, which she published in articles and two books that became bestsellers in their day.

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Animal Languages

Animal Languages

(ISVW Uitgevers, 2016, 175 pages)

Animals use far more elaborate and complex language than we think. They chat, gossip, mourn, rhyme, speak in dialects and make jokes. Whales sing a different series of songs each season, which rhyme and are picked up by other whales in passing, making them ‘hits’. Some species of bird have dialects that differ from one region to the next, and the birds that live on the regional boundaries are bilingual.

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The Limits of My Language

The Limits of My Language

A short philosophical enquiry into depression

(Cossee, 2019, 144 pages)

Much has been written about the treatment of depression, less about its meaning. Depression is more than just a problem of brain chemistry, the questions posed by the depressed person are fundamental. In The Limits of My Language, author and philosopher Eva Meijer uses her own experiences as raw material to map the phenomenon. Calling on philosophers like Wittgenstein, Derrida and Foucault, she delves into what they each have to say about communication, loneliness and insanity.

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