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Dirk van Weelden

Dirk van Weelden

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DIRK VAN WEELDEN (b. 1957) studied philosophy and debuted in 1987 with Martin Bril in Vitamins for Work: The ABC of Bril & Van Weelden. In 1989 he made his solo debut with Presence of Mind. That was followed by books including Mobile Home, (Multatuli Prize 1992), Oasis, Orville, and From Here to Here. In 1999, he was awarded the Frans Kellendonk Prize. He subsequently wrote more novels, short stories and essays, including A Month in Manhattan, a logbook, and the novel The Final Year. Since 1999, Van Weelden has been the editor of literary magazine De Gids.


Recent title – English material

Het voorbeeld van hun liefde (The Example of Their Love), 2022

Press on The Example of Their Love

‘Dirk van Weelden uses his parent's letters to tell the story of their blossoming love. The writer compels you to focus on the text and examine it from all angles.’ – de Volkskrant

‘In his uniquely moving The Example of Their Love, Dirk van Weelden brings his father and mother back to life. He has such mastery of the narrative material that you can't help but wonder: why doesn't he publish more?’ **** – de Limburger