Renate Rubinstein (1929-1990) was born in Germany but moved to the Netherlands in the 1930s. She has been writing columns for a Dutch weekly for almost thirty years; her first collection of these columns in book form appeared in 1964. She has published numerous other books since then, and was awarded the Multatuli prize for literature in 1979. Rubinstein was a leading polemical journalist. Curious, open-hearted and engaged to her core, she also wrote openly and impressively about her inner life. Many of her twenty-six or so books are still in print.