Author

Arthur Japin

Arthur Japin (b. 1956) has written for the stage as well as for radio, film and television. His breakthrough came in 1997 with the novel De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi), which sold over 150,000 copies and was awarded several prizes. Een schitterend gebrek (In Lucia’s Eyes) won him the Libris Literature Prize in 2004 and the Inktaap young readers award, while De overgave (Surrender) received the Dutch Railways Readers’ Prize (NS Publieksprijs) in 2008. Since then he has published four more successful novels as well as several novellas and short stories. His books have sold more than one and a half million copies in the Netherlands alone, and have been published in more than twenty different languages.

The Fourth Wall

(De Arbeiderspers, 1998, 204 pages)

The publication of De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi) in 1997 established Arthur Japin’s name as a writer. This voluminous, bestselling novel about the tragic story of two Ashanti princes Kwasi and Kwame, who were offered as a gift to King William I in 1837, can compete with the work of writers like Marguerite Yourcenar and Hella Haasse. In a beautiful, polished style, Japin blended fiction and historic fact into a striking whole.

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In Lucia’s Eyes

In Lucia’s Eyes

(De Arbeiderspers, 2003, 240 pages)

Arthur Japin found his inspiration for In Lucia’s Eyes in an episode in the life of Giacomo Casanova, philanderer and bon vivant. In his memoirs Casanova tells of being invited to the country estate of Pasiano as a sixteen-year-old and falling hopelessly in love with the breathtaking Lucia, two years his junior. She has only one splendid flaw: ‘She is too young.’ Because of Lucia’s genuine innocence he does not bed her, promising instead to return in six months to ask for her hand in marriage.

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Surrender

Surrender

(De Arbeiderspers, 2007, 302 pages)

In De overgave (Surrender), Arthur Japin tells the heartbreaking, horrific and cruel story of Sallie ‘Granny’ Parker, a devout white colonist who moves further and further West with her husband, daughters and grandchildren in order to build a new life. Arthur Japin has set his new novel in the ‘New World’ of early and mid-nineteenth century America, basing it on historical facts, moulded to his own ends.

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Mrs. Degas

Mrs. Degas

(De Arbeiderspers, 2020, 336 pages)

Arthur Japin brings us another brilliant historical novel centered on an artist – this time, Edgar Degas. In this book he once again has the artist look back on his life, resulting in a wholly engrossing account that also allows Japin to share his views on what it means to be an artist.

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Website

http://www.arthurjapin.nl