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Alfred van Cleef

Alfred van Cleef (1954) debuteerde met De verloren wereld van de familie Berberović (1994). Daarna volgden Het verdwaalde eiland (1999), Verlangen (2004 ) en De verborgen ordening (2010). Behalve in Nederland verschenen zijn boeken onder meer in Duitsland en de Verenigde Staten. Als journalist schreef hij voor NRC Handelsblad, de VPRO–gids, Intermediair, OnzeWereld en de Haagse Post, en maakte hij radiodocumentaires en (live)reportages voor de VPRO, VARA, KRO en NOS.

Het verdwaalde eiland

Het verdwaalde eiland

Amsterdam op 37’50? Zuiderbreedte

(J.M. Meulenhoff, 1999, 240 pagina's)

‘Nowhere was the sea emptier, the waves higher, or the wind stronger. In this wild mass of water, equidistant from Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and Antarctica, was a minuscule volcanic peak, at least three thousand kilometers from the nearest continent. I was no longer in doubt. I had fallen under the spell of the most outcast, most middle-of-nowhere island on earth: Amsterdam.’

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Verlangen

Verlangen

(Cossee, 2002, 237 pagina's)

Longing, Alfred van Cleef’s first novel, tells the story of investigative journalist Albert Ossedrijver and his exciting search into the past of his family, who were killed in World War II. His quest leads him to another family, his girlfriend Esther’s family, members of whom had been in the Dutch pro-Nazi NSB party. Without either one of them knowing it, it turns out that both families were marked by the past: Albert’s grandfather was betrayed to the Nazis; Esther’s grandfather was a traitor.

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De verborgen ordening

De verborgen ordening

Een ontdekkingsreis langs de nulmeridiaan

(Cossee, 2010, 397 pagina's)

An invisible line runs from the North Pole to the South Pole over mountaintops, through living rooms, restaurants and industrial estates, across villages and towns, seas and rivers. This line was adopted internationally as the prime meridian at a conference in Washington in 1884. Alfred van Cleef has been fascinated since childhood by maps, globes and society’s outer edges, and he decided to travel the line overland, from the rainy English village of Tunstall – slowly crumbling into the sea – to the Ghanaian port of Tema.

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Verloren wereld

Verloren wereld

Een Bosnische familiegeschiedenis

(Cossee, 2014, 336 pagina's)

‘A scenery of destruction and human failing’, writes Alfred van Cleef about Republika Srpska, one of the two politi­cal entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina following the war in former Yugoslavia. For some twenty years the author was close to a Bosnian family from that region, and in Lost World he records their trials and tribulations.

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