van den Boogaard|
Oscar van den Boogaard is considered one of the Netherlands' most gifted young writers. He will read from Love's Death, recently translated and hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "an artfully concealed secret history […] laid bare with near surgical precision in this superbly constructed novel."
| Hans Maarten
van den Brink|
Hans Maarten van den Brink has garnered international acclaim for the fiercely moving, lyrical On the Water, now published in the United States. In it, Van den Brink paints a rich portrait of a timid, passionate boy coming of age, of the grueling intensity of sport, and of a world hovering on the brink of war.
| Hugo Claus|
Hugo Claus ranks as the most important Flemish writer since the Second World War. His wide-ranging oeuvre consists of poems, novels, stories, plays, and film scripts. His masterpiece The Sorrow of Belgium is a massive Bildungsroman which takes place against the background of the German occupation. Claus has received many prominent prizes, at home and abroad.
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Arnon Grunberg, novelist, poet and playwright, enfant terrible and wunderkind of Dutch literature, lives in New York. He won international fame with his debut novel Blue Mondays which was recently followed by Silent Extras.
"The immediate, magical influence of art has rarely been so great," a Dutch critic said of the work of novelist Arthur Japin. Japin wrote for the stage and for radio and television before publishing his first book, Magonian Stories. He made his international breakthrough with his prize-winning novel The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, which was translated into numerous languages. He published also a collection of travel stories, The Fourth Wall.
After a career as a classical singer, Margriet de Moor decided to write - a decision which has proved particularly happy. Not only was she immediately recognised as a major talent, becoming one of the most popular writers in Dutch, but since the international success of her novels First Grey, Then White, Then Blue and The Virtuoso she has also become a literary presence abroad. "How important is this writer who has, in the past decade, captured some of her country's highest honors?" asked The New York Times. "Very important. How good is she? Very good, and getting better", was the answer.
Marcel Möring is already recognized as one of the most important writers of the Netherlands. His breakthrough, The Great Longing, won him several prestigious literary prizes and has been widely translated. His most ambitious novel to date, In Babylon, has also received international acclaim.
John Updike has said that Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch "knows our psyches are spun of blood, and builds his plots with dense and slippery architecture." Mulisch has built up an impressive oeuvre, which include The Assault, Last Call, and his magnum opus The Discovery of Heaven, which became an immediate international bestseller and was compared by the American press with the works of Homer, Dante and Goethe.
Cees Nooteboom has built up an impressive oeuvre of novels, poetry, short stories and travel writing. His novels Rituals and The Following Story, translated into more than twenty languages, marked his international breakthrough. Nooteboom was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his oeuvre. All Souls Day, his most ambitious novel to date, has just been published in the U.S.
Maya Rasker's haunting, unforgettable first novel Unknown Destination was an immediate international success, and has been translated into several languages. It follows a man's descent into madness as he tries to make sense of his wife's inexplicable disappearance.
Henk van Woerden, born in the Netherlands, grew up and studied in South Africa before returning to Europe in May 1968. Van Woerden, a prize-winning writer and artist, has written three novels set in South Africa. His third, the recently published The Assassin is a chilling biographical study of Demetrios Tsafendas who assassinated the South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1966.
| American writers
Stephen J. Dubner is writer and editor of New York Times Magazine, and author of Turbulent Souls.
Neil Gordon is the literary editor of the Boston Review and author,
most recently, of a novel The Gun Runner's Daughter.
He is currently finishing his third novel.
Richard Howard, poet, translator and critic, ranks among the
most important contemporary American writers. Pulitzer-Prize-winner, Howard's
other awards include Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships
and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award. He is currently
poetry editor of The Paris Review.
David Lehman is the widely honored author of four collections
of poems, several books of criticism and a study of crime novels. In addition
he has edited numerous books on poetry and literary criticism, The Best
American Poetry series among them.
Dale Peck is the author of the novels Martin
and John and The Law of Enclosures;
he also co-wrote the screenplay for the latter. His latest novel is Now
It's Time to Say Goodbye. His short fiction has appeared in Artforum,
Bookforum, BOMB, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, The New
York Times, and The Village Voice. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship
Lawrence Weschler has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since
the early eighties. He currently heads the New York Institute for the
Humanities at NYU. His works include: Three Nonfiction
Novellas, Vermeer in Bosnia, Mr.
Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize),
and Boggs: A Comedy of Values.
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