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Mathijs Deen

Mathijs Deen

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Mathijs Deen (b. 1962) works for a national radio programme devoted to historical documentaries. He has published a number of novels and collections of newspaper columns. His collection of stories Brutus heeft honger (Brutus is Hungry) received critical acclaim and was nominated for the prestigious AKO Literature Prize. His book The Wadden Islands was published in 2013.


Recent title – English material 

De grenzeloze rivier (The Boundless River), 2021

Het lichtschip (The Lightship), 2020

Over oude wegen (Down Old Roads), 2018

Onder de mensen (Among People), 2016

Press on Among People:

Realism with a lot of wry humour, sometimes of the slapstick kind. Cinematic too. Deen’s writing is extraordinarily vivid and explicit. Excellent debut novel. – HET PAROOL

Love – or what passes for it – as an unpredictable force of nature: everyone is affected by it, not just lonely farmers or eccentric ladies from the city. You need the pen of a Mathijs Deen to depict this phenomenon with such agonizing realism. – NRC HANDELSBLAD

With Among People Deen has written a good, entertaining book.