Oek de Jong
Oek de Jong (b. 1952) made his debut with a collection of short stories, De hemelvaart van Massimo (Massimo’s Ascension, 1976), for which he was given the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize for young writers. He enjoyed his real breakthrough in 1979 with the novel Opwaaiende zomerjurken (Billowing Summer Skirts), which was an enormous success. His second novel, Cirkel in het gras (Circle in the Grass, 1985), was also very well received. De Jong went on to publish the novella De inktvis (The Octopus, 1993), a collection of essays entitled Een man die in de toekomst springt (A Man Leaping Into the Future, 1997) and the novel Hokwerda’s kind (Hokwerda’s Child, 2002). In 2012 he published his 800-page opus magnum, Pier en oceaan, which was awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize and the Gouden Uil. De Jong’s books have been translated into nine languages and sold over 500.000 copies in total. His most recent publication is an essay on the state of the novel, What Only the Novel Can Say (2013).