Two awards

ECI Literature Prize awarded to Martin Driessen

11 November 2016

The ECI Literature Prize 2016, worth 50,000 euro and one of the most prestigious of Dutch literary prizes, has been awarded to Martin Michael Driessen for Rivieren (Rivers). He won not just the prize from the jury of professional critics but the new readers’ award as well, organized by quality newspapers NRC and De Standaard.

The ECI Literature Prize is the successor to the AKO Literature Prize. The announcement of the winner is always the focus of widespread attention and is broadcast live on television.

In the three stand-alone novellas that make up this book, the main role is assigned to the flowing water of the river. Rivieren was published by Van Oorschot. In the words of the jury:

‘It is a book of modest greatness, of magnificently expressive sentences and indefinable menace, with at the same time a salutary timelessness.’

The jury, chaired by Louise O. Fresco, was made up of professional reviewers Joost de Vries (De Groene Amsterdammer), Jelle van Riet (De Standaard), Annette de Jong (freelance reviewer), Daniëlle Serdijn (freelance reviewer) and Sofie Gielis (De Standaard der Letteren).

Also shortlisted for the prize were Moedervlekken by Arnon Grunberg, Goldberg by Bert Natter, Op de rok van het universum by Tonnus Oosterhoff, Jij zegt het by Connie Palmen and Zachte riten by Marja Pruis.

Translation rights for Rivieren are available for all languages. For more information about the book and the author see Martin Michael Driessen on our website.

Award ceremony ECI Literature Prize 2016


Barbara den Ouden


Barbara den Ouden

Team coordinator & Specialist Dutch fiction and graphic novels

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