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Ellen Ombre

Ellen Louise Ombre (b. 1948, Paramaribo, Surinam) came to the Netherlands with her parents in 1961. In 1992 Ombre made her literary debut with Maalstroom, a collection of short stories published by De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam. In 1994 followed by Vrouwvreemd. In 1996 she incorporated a series of stories and observations on Benin and Dutch Development Aid in her autobiographical travel report Wie Goed Bedoelt (With the best intentions), also published by De Arbeiderspers.

Valse verlangens

(De Arbeiderspers, 2000)

Once the Atlantic triangle – Holland, West Africa and the Caribbean – was a trade route carrying gold, slaves and arms. Nowadays it has become a false trail for many, a road leading to misunderstandings and unattainable desires. In this splendid collection of short stories, Ellen Ombre writes about Surinamers, Dutchmen and Africans in search of money, love and happiness.

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