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Lieke Marsman

Lieke Marsman (b. 1990) is currently studying philosophy in Amsterdam. Her first volume of poetry, Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud (What I Like to Impress on Myself, 2010), earned her three major literary awards: the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the Lucy B. and C.W. van der Hoogt Prize and the Liegend Konijn Debut Award. In 2014 her second book of poetry, The First Letter, was published. The Opposite of a Human Being (2017) is her first novel.

I’ve begun breathing again

(Atlas Contact, )

After her acclaimed debut collection in 2010, the young poet Lieke Marsman was considered a prodigy by many. Three important literary prizes and four years later, she confirmed her reputation with her next book of poems, The First Letter.

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Het tegenovergestelde van een mens

Het tegenovergestelde van een mens

(Atlas Contact, 2017, 176 pagina's)

One of the most persistent criticisms of contemporary writers, particularly the latest generation, is also the most inaccurate: that they are a bunch of navel-gazers. True, the work of young authors is often deeply rooted in personal experience, but they are equally concerned with exploring how the individual relates to the complexity of the modern world. The most fascinating book on this very subject has been published: the bold and original debut by celebrated poet Lieke Marsman.

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