Astrid H. Roemer
In 1966, at the age of 19, Astrid Roemer emigrated from Suriname to the Netherlands. She identifies herself as a cosmopolitan writer. Exploring themes of race, gender, family, and identity, her poetic, unconventional prose stands in the tradition of authors such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Her debut novel, Take Me Back, Suriname, has been enduringly popular in Suriname for its depiction of the uprooted life of a Surinamese migrant to the Netherlands. Her greatest commercial success has been On a Woman’s Madness. Roemer was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize in 2016, and the three-yearly Dutch Literature Prize (Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren) in 2021.