Daan Heerma van Voss

Daan Heerma van Voss (b. 1986) is a historian and author. He has written for several national and international newspapers, such as The New York Times, Vogue US, Pen International, Haaretz (Israel), Dissidentbloggen (Sweden) and Svenska Dagbladet. His novels have been shortlisted for a number of prizes and he was awarded De Tegel for extraordinary journalistic achievements. His much-acclaimed novel The Last War (2016) has been translated into German, Spanish, Swedish and Chinese. The Anxiety Project is his first major work of non-fiction.

The Anxiety Project

The Anxiety Project

My Journey to the Centre of our Deepest Fears

(Atlas Contact, 2021, 293 pages)

When Dutch novelist and historian Daan Heerma van Voss finds himself in yet another break-up because he is just too anxious to be with, he sets out to unearth the roots of his deepest fears. He is not alone though: 264 million people suffer from anxiety, and this number is growing every day. Digging more deeply, Heerma van Vos wonders whether our genes have something to do with it. What is the link between anxiety and creativity? And how can you love another when you are in a constant state of fear?

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