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A Lai

A Lai

A Lai (1959), Chinese-Tibetan novelist. Won the prestigious Mao Dun Literary Prize for his Tibetan-themed novel Red Poppies (1998) which has been translated into many languages. Currently acts as head editor of the magazine Science Fiction World and as chairman... >>>> read more

Cui Weiping

Cui Weiping

Cui Weiping (1956), social and cultural critic, translator. Cui is a professor at the Beijing Film Academy and a scholar of modern Eastern European political culture. Her most recent publications (in Chinese) include Before the Justice (New Star 2005) and... >>>> read more

Han Dong

Han Dong

Han Dong (1961), poet, writer and essayist. Gained fame as a poet in the 1980s, in the wake of the older generation of Misty Poets. His first novel Banished! (2003) was translated into in English in 2009 (University of Hawaii... >>>> read more

Fang Xuxiao

Fang Xuxiao

Fang Xuxiao, aka Green Tea (1974), literary critic and reading promoter. Has worked as a special reporter and editor for the literary supplement of Beijing News; currently acts as the head editor of the magazine History Reference. Publishes his personal... >>>> read more

Kang Kai

Kang Kai

Kang Kai (1970), writer and translator. Works as a journalist for China Reading Weekly, a nationwide newspaper based in Beijing. He also writes essays and reviews on books and cultural events for several famous Chinese newspapers and magazines. His latest... >>>> read more

Liu Zhenyun

Liu Zhenyun

Liu Zhenyun (1958), writer of novels and short stories, known for his ‘hometown’ series, ‘work unit’ series and ‘officialdom’ series. His works have been translated into French, English and German, notably the bestsellers Taschendiebe (DIX) and Cell Phone (Merwin), which... >>>> read more

Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun (1974), novelist. Gained instant fame with his bestselling novel Leave me alone – a novel of Chengdu, first published on the internet in 2002, subsequently translated into French (L’Olivier) and English (Make-Do). His most recent publication is a... >>>> read more

Pan Jun

Pan Jun

Pan Jun (1957), writer, painter and director of popular TV series. Pan has written numerous novels and shorts stories, some of which he also adapted to plays. His influential novel Death Penalty Report (2003) is known as ‘the first Chinese... >>>> read more

Wang Jiaxin

Wang Jiaxin

Wang Jiaxin (1957), prominent poet, poetry critic and translator of among others Paul Celan. Gained fame as one of the younger Misty Poets, has been widely translated and was editor of the influential journal Poetry. He lived and worked in... >>>> read more

Xi Chuan

Xi Chuan

Xi Chuan (1963), poet, leading representative of the so-called ‘intellectual poets’. Has published numerous collections of poems and has been active as a journal editor and a translator of Pound, Borges and Milosz. His work has been translated in numerous... >>>> read more

Xu Zechen

Xu Zechen

Xu Zechen (1978) writer of novels and short stories, literary critic and editor of People’s Literature, China’s oldest literary magazine. Often hailed as one of China’s most promising young talents. His novel Running through Zhongguancun appeared in German in 2009... >>>> read more

Yan Jun

Yan Jun

Yan Jun (1973), poet, musician and performer of multimedia shows with soundscapes and projected images. Moved to Beijing in 1999, were he established his own unofficial music labels Kwan Yin and Sub Jam (2004). He is also active as a... >>>> read more

Zhang Ning

Zhang Ning

Zhang Ning (1958) leading cultural critic, scholar and writer. Zhang is professor of literature at Beijing Normal University, director of the BNU research center for new poetry and member of the China Book Review Academy. He is head editor of... >>>> read more

Zhang Xiaohong

Zhang Xiaohong

Zhang Xiaohong (1970), scholar and translator. Zhang is professor at the University of Shenzhen, specializing in comparative literature and gender studies. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University and has translated nonfiction works by Mineke Schipper, Tijs Goldschmidt and Geert... >>>> read more

Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah

Life and work Kader Abdolah (b. 1954, Iran) studied physics in Teheran and was active in the student resistance. He published two novels about life under the Khomeini regime before fleeing his homeland in 1985. Three years later he came... >>>> read more

Eric Abrahamsen

Eric Abrahamsen

Eric Abrahamsen (1978) lives in Beijing, is a translator of Chinese literature, manages the website Paper Republic and engages in various activities concerning the promotion of Chinese literature abroad. His translations include the novels Notes of a Civil Servant by... >>>> read more

Sander Bais

Sander Bais

Life and work Sander Bais (b.1945) is a Dutch physical scientist. In 1971 Bais got his bachelor degree (Physics) in TU Delft in the Netherlands. In 1973 he finished his master (Appl. Physics) and in 1977 he obtained a PhD... >>>> read more

Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker

Life and work Gerbrand Bakker (b. 1962) studied Dutch language and literature and worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His previous books include an etymological dictionary for children and the juvenile novel Perenbomen bloeien wit... >>>> read more

J. Bernlef

J. Bernlef

Life and work Bernlef (b. 1937), who made his debut in 1960, has produced an extensive body of work including poems, short stories, novels and essays. He translated the Swedish poets Lars Gustafson and Tomas Tranströmer into Dutch and was... >>>> read more

Leonard Blussé

Leonard Blussé

Life and work Leonard Blussé (born 1946 in Rotterdam) is attached as sinologist and historian to the University of Leiden, concerned with the field of Asian-European relations. Earlier publications include Nederlanders overzee (‘The Dutch Abroad’, 1983, together with Jaap de... >>>> read more

Zhu Wen

Zhu Wen

Zhu Wen (1967), writer, poet and film director. His short stories and novellas about the underbelly of Chinese society were translated into English, German and Dutch, notably I Love Dollars, Penguin 2008). His films Seafood (2001), South of the Clouds... >>>> read more

Midas Dekkers

Midas Dekkers

Life and work Midas Dekkers (b. 1946, Haarlem) is a biologist, writer and programme maker. He was born in Haarlem and grew up in Amsterdam where he studied biology. Dekkers writes non-fiction and children books. For the Children’s Book Week... >>>> read more

Adriaan van Dis

Adriaan van Dis

Life and work Adriaan van Dis, born in 1946 in Bergen, the Netherlands, made his debut with the novella Nathan Sid, the story of a boy growing up between two cultures: the paradise of colonial Indonesia and the drabness of... >>>> read more

Douwe Draaisma

Douwe Draaisma

Life and work Douwe Draaisma (b. 1953) is Professor of the Theory and History of Psychology at the University of Groningen. His successful Metaphors of Memory (1995) has been translated into many languages and was awarded the Heymans Prize by... >>>> read more

Anna Enquist

Anna Enquist

Life and work Anna Enquist (b. 1945) is one of the most popular writers in the Netherlands. She trained in piano at the academy of music in the Hague and at the same time studied psychology in Leiden. When she... >>>> read more

Annemarie van Haeringen

Annemarie van Haeringen

Life and work Annemarie van Haeringen (born in 1959) has illustrated many children’s books, winning the top Dutch prize for illustrators three times. Working mainly in ink and watercolors, she lets the outlines run to suggest action and speed. For... >>>> read more

Hans & Monique Hagen

Hans & Monique Hagen

Life and work Hans Hagen has worked as a teacher of Dutch and history, for a theatre group, for a children’s magazine and for various radio and television programs including Sesame Street. A full-time writer since 1987, he is best... >>>> read more

Herman Koch

Herman Koch

Life and work Herman Koch (b. 1953) made his debut with the story collection De voorbijganger (‘The Passer-by’, 1985) in which the protagonists are misunderstood loners struggling with their surroundings. His first novel, a huge success, was Red ons, Maria... >>>> read more

Salomon Kroonenberg

Salomon Kroonenberg

Life and work Salomon Kroonenberg (born in Leiden) studied physical geography at the University of Amsterdam and completed his doctorate there in 1976. Between 1972 and 1982 he worked as a geologist in Surinam, Swaziland and Columbia before becoming Professor... >>>> read more

Geert Mak

Geert Mak

Life and work Geert Mak (b. Vlaardingen) is one of the Netherlands’ most popular writers and all his books become huge bestsellers: De engel van Amsterdam (The Angel of Amsterdam, 1992), Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam (Amsterdam: A Brief Life... >>>> read more

Fik Meijer

Fik Meijer

Life and work Fik Meijer was Professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in naval history. Together with Marius West he has translated Josephus Flavius’s Antiquities of the Jews and The Jewish War into Dutch. He is... >>>> read more

Margriet de Moor

Margriet de Moor

Life and work Margriet de Moor (b. 1941) made her debut with a collection of stories, Op de rug gezien (‘Seen From Behind’, 1988). A year later, Dubbelportret (‘Double Portrait’) appeared, three novellas in one volume. Together these publications earned... >>>> read more

Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr

Life and work Ramsey Nasr (b. 1974, Rotterdam) is a poet and author, actor and director. In 2000 he made his poetry debut with the collection 27 gedichten & geen lied (‘27 Poems & No Song’), which was nominated for... >>>> read more

Laurentien van Oranje

Laurentien van Oranje

Life and work Princess Laurentien holds a Master’s degree (Journalism) from the University of Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree (Political Science) from the University of London. She holds senior functions at prestigious environmental organizations (European Climate Foundation, WWF and Fauna... >>>> read more

Herman Pleij

Herman Pleij

Life and work Herman Pleij lectures on Dutch historical literature at the University of Amsterdam. He has previously published the bestselling Het gilde van de Blauwe Schuit (‘The Guild of the Blue Barge’, 1979), about the rituals surrounding the celebration... >>>> read more

Sieb Posthuma

Sieb Posthuma

Life and work For many years Sieb Posthuma (b. 1960) illustrated magazines, newspapers and book covers, before moving on to picture books in the mid-1990s. He then started writing books himself, about his fox terrier Rintje, the first of which... >>>> read more

Kristofer Schipper

Kristofer Schipper

Kristofer Schipper was born in 1934 in Sweden, grew up in Amsterdam and studied at the University of Paris. After graduating in Chinese, Japanese and Religious Anthropology, he obtained a PhD at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes in 1962.... >>>> read more

Dieter & Ingrid Schubert

Dieter & Ingrid Schubert

Life and work Ingrid Schubert and Dieter Schubert are married and work together. In 1977 they attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where the well-known Dutch illustrator Piet Klaasse inspired them to start illustrating children’s books. Their first title,... >>>> read more

Dick Swaab

Dick Swaab

Dick Swaab is Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology at the University of Amsterdam. For thirty years he was the director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research. His work on sex differences in the brain brought him international fame and he... >>>> read more