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Jamal Ouariachi

Jamal Ouariachi (b. 1978) studied psychology and spent years working as an online therapist. He made his literary debut in 2010 with the novel De vernietiging van Prosper Morèl (The Destruction of Prosper Morèl). Since then he has written controversial stories, articles and columns for a range of leading publications including nrc.next, HP/De Tijd, de Volkskrant, Knack Focus and Vogue. His second novel Tenderness has earned him nominations for the BNG Literatuurprijs and the Gouden Uil. He has followed it up with 25, one third of a Dutch literary trilogy written in response to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Vertedering

Vertedering

(Querido, 2013, 367 pagina's)

This kaleidoscopic narrative is shot through with the unease of its thirtysomething protagonist, tormented by the emptiness of his existence and prone to violent outbursts directed at his girlfriends. At the same time it is a compelling and darkly humorous exploration of the male condition, complete with its own twisted take on couples therapy.

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Een honger

Een honger

(Querido, 2015, 588 pagina's)

Jamal Ouariachi bases this masterly novel of ideas on the life of Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, a physician and medical researcher convicted of child abuse. Besides exploring the nature of love and examining the wisdom and folly of development aid, A Hunger delivers a fierce polemic against rigid sexual mores and is above all an exhilarating tour de force.

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