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.

Photo: Raúl Neijhorst

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.

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