Ernest van der Kwast

Ernest van der Kwast (b. 1981, Bombay) published his first book in 2005 and had his breakthrough with the novel 'Mama Tandoori' (2010), which went on to become a bestseller in both the Netherlands and Italy.

Photo: Stephan Vanfleteren

Other works include the novella Giovanna’s Navel and the novel The Ice-Cream Makers, which has been sold to seven countries. His fluid, sensual style has charmed critics everywhere. As German daily FAZ put it ‘Ernest van der Kwast flutters around his storyline like a butterfly and his playfulness delights the reader.’ Van der Kwast is also active as an interviewer and columnist and, since 2016, as a volunteer counsellor for disadvantaged youth in Rotterdam.

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