Alfred Birney

Alfred Birney (1951) is the author of an oeuvre of largely autobiographical fiction and non-fiction, in which his family’s history often plays a central role. He made his debut in 1987 with the novel 'Tamara’s Lunapark'.

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He edited a voluminous anthology of literary fiction from the Dutch East Indies in 1998, and two of his most important novels, Vogels rond een vrouw (Birds Around A Woman, 1991) and De onschuld van een vis (The Innocence of a Fish, 1995) were translated and published in Indonesia. For his most recent novel, considered to be his magnum opus, he was awarded the Libris Literature Prize and the Henriëtte Roland Holst Prize.

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