Poet Nachoem Wijnberg will receive the P.C. Hooft Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for literature in the Netherlands, on 24 May 2018. According to the jury, reading Wijnberg is “to enter a sharp way of thinking in a flawless and dangerous language.” The annual award, worth 60.000 euros, is alternately awarded for prose (fiction), essays (non-fiction) or poetry.
Nachoem M. Wijnberg (b. 1961) is a highly prolific poet and novelist whose poetry has received many Dutch and Belgian awards, including the prestigious VSB Prize for the best book of poetry in 2009. His work covers a wide thematic and stylistic range and has been translated into many languages, from Chinese to Italian. Books in English include Advance Payment (Anvil Press/Carcanet, 2013), Divan of Ghalib (White Pine Press, 2016) and Of Great Importance, forthcoming (Punctum, 2018). Wijnberg is also a professor at the University of Amsterdam Business School.