Maarten Asscher (Athenaeum Booksellers)

Maarten Asscher

Maarten Asscher is managing director of Athenaeum Booksellers in Amsterdam. He is also a writer and a poetry translator. From 1998 to 2003 he was head of the Arts Department at the Dutch Ministry of Culture. Trained as a copyright lawyer, he began his career at the literary publishing house J.M. Meulenhoff, where he worked from 1980 to 1998. He is currently researching a PhD thesis on the relation between incarceration and authorship in European literary history since the Romantics.

[photo Maarten: Bart Koetsier]