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A.F.Th. van der Heijden

A.F.Th. van der Heijden

© Tonio van der Heijden

The oeuvre of A.F.Th. van der Heijden (b. 1951) is dominated by two sagas: The Toothless Time and Homo Duplex. In 2011 Van der Heijden won the Constantijn Huygens Award for his entire oeuvre. In the same year he published Tonio, a requiem novel about the sudden death of his only child, which won him the Libris Literature Prize and the NS Readers’ Prize. In 2013 A.F.Th. van der Heijden received the P.C. Hooft Prize for his entire oeuvre. The Hellcat and The Morning Gift will be published by Suhrkamp Verlag in Germany. The film version of The Hellcat was released in March 2016 by Sigma Pictures and the film adaption of Tonio, produced by NL Film & TV, in October 2016.


Recent title – English material

Kwaadschiks (By Force), 2016

De ochtendgave (The Morning Gift), 2015



Press on By Force:

A magnificent novel from an author who knows how powerful [the Dutch] language can be. You blink, your jaw drops. And you bow. Deeply. ***** - DE LIMBURGER

It is a superb story, refined into typical Van der Heijden mythology [….] – DE GROENE AMSTERDAMMER

You can recognize his signature on every page. Cross-links, parallels, analogies galore, all testifying to that same vital, cavorting imagination and worded in that characteristic, robust as it is baroque style. […] The novel is a meticulous casestudy of destruction and self-destruction. […] there is a lot to enjoy in the unbridled dialogue. - NRC HANDELSBLAD

Press on The Morning Gift:

Again we are very much in Van der Heijden’s universe, in which expressiveness is extremely physical; he always has an attentive eye and a mellow form of words for the dirtiest of details.**** – DE VOLKSKRANT

The Morning Gift is a page-turner full of racy intrigues. **** – DE MORGEN

Van der Heijden wields his pen like a quill and excels at fertile observations. – ELSEVIER

Press on Tonio:

This is the literary wizard at his most intense: fiction, but testifying to a profound truth. – DE VOLKSKRANT

This requiem for his son Tonio brings out the best in A.F.Th. van der Heijden as a writer. – TROUW

Astonishing. Van der Heijden has produced a moving, virtuoso memorial to his son. – HET PAROOL

A raw, hard, but magnificent book. – DE STANDAARD