In October and November French writer Oliver Rolin (1947) will be working and living as a writer-in-residence in Amsterdam, upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
Olivier Rolin was born in Paris and spent part of his childhood in Africa (Sénégal). Back in Paris he studied classical literature. In his twenties he joined the Maoist far-left in France, a period which he relates to in his novel Tigre en papier (Seuil) translated into English as Piper Tiger (Bison Books). Apart from being a writer Rolin has worked as a journalist, reporter, literary critic and in the late 70’s as a chief editor with Le Seuil Publishers.
His work consist of many publications, ranging from novels and travel stories to essays; many of which have been translated into foreign languages. So far, four titles have been translated into Dutch by Katelijne De Vuyst (and Marij Elias) for indepent publisher IJzer.
During his residency in Amsterdam Rolin will work on a new book; one of many projects he is considering is returning to a novel-in-progress on an infinite machine.