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Hagar Peeters

Hagar Peeters

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Hagar Peeters (b. 1972) has published several volumes of poetry: Genoeg gedichten over de liefde vandaag (Enough Poems Written About Love Today), Koffers zeezucht (Suitcases of Sea Air), Loper van licht (Runner of Light) and Wasdom (Maturity). She has won awards including the J.C. Bloem Poetry Prize, the Jo Peters Poetry Prize and the Poetry Day Prize, and was shortlisted for the position of Dutch Poet Laureate. In 2015 Peeters’ debut novel  Malva was published.


Recent title – English material

Malva, 2015

Press on Malva:

It only takes half a page to realize that the poet Hagar Peeters is also a novelist of exceptional ability. (…) The novel is a scintillating bomb of stylistic fireworks. Peeters the novelist draws on the finesse of Peeters the poet – a baroque poetic voice that is new and fresh and more than welcome in Dutch literature. – NRC Handelsblad ****

Hagar Peeters brings Malva to life, with a masterful narrative voice. (...) In her debut, Peeters shows how great the power of imagination can be and, above all, how to tell a story. – Het Parool ****

Incandescent and evocative debut novel. (...) The narrator veers from anger to yearning to acceptance and back again, before closing with a beautiful, melancholy final chord that demonstrates to the full the power, solace and purpose of poetry and imagination in general, and of this dazzling debut novel in particular. - Trouw

A long, lyrical and miraculously natural-sounding letter to father Neruda, an attempt to reach him even after his death by telling him her life story, right to its bitter end. - de Volkskrant

Marvellous surrealist novel (...), strongly reminiscent of Allende and Marquez (...), a fascinating patchwork of fiction and history. - De Telegraaf

Intoxicating language saturated with warm hues that’s allowed to rustle like a veiled wedding dress, and you have a lavish novel by a gifted poet. Peeters should make more excursions into prose.’ - De Morgen****
‘There are many parallels between the mute Malva and the language- and literature-loving Peeters in this father-daughter book full of yearning for recognition. - De Limburger****

Malva is patently written by a poet. – Elsevier****

Perhaps one of the most intriguing novelistic debuts to come out of the Dutch-speaking region this autumn. – HUMO*** (3 stars out of 4)

Hagar Peeters impresses with poetic prose full of magical realism, biographical details and psychological insight. - Opzij

Peeters cleverly unravels the myth surrounding Neruda without knocking him off his pedestal. An original biographical novel. Written, as befits a poet, in sparkling language. – JAN


  • Gerrit de Stotteraar (Gerrit the Stutterer), 2016
  • Malva , 2015
  • Wasdom (Maturity), 2011
  • Loper van licht (Runner of Light), 2008
  • Koffers Zeelucht (Suitcases of Sea Air), 2003