Kees van Beijnum

Kees van Beijnum

Kees van Beijnum (b. 1954) originally worked as a journalist, but after reporting on a case of murder in Amsterdam-Noord, in 'Over het IJ' (Over the IJ Water, 1991), he opted to become a full-time writer.

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He broke through with bestsellers like Dichter op de Zeedijk (Poet on the Zeedijk, 1995) and De oesters van Nam Kee (Oysters at Nam Kee’s, 2000), which was later turned into a successful movie. He writes in the tradition of Capote, Hemingway and Faulkner. Van Beijnum spent most of his childhood in the cafés and hotels run by his family on Amsterdam’s Zeedijk.

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