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Author Information: J. Bernlef

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Born in 1937 (Sint Pancras, The Netherlands), Bernlef (who added his initial only because of an earlier Dutch author with the same family name), has become one of the most famous Dutch poets and novelists. Born as Hendrik Jan Marsman, Bernlef started writing as early 1960.

His use of the Dutch language at first led to a lot of protest but eventually he gained respect, and it is now unthinkable that someone in Holland never has read a book written by Bernlef, not the least because reading one of his books is compulsary at school.

In the late seventies, we see that Bernlef slowly shifts to writing novels, but he has never stopped writing poetry. English and Swedish poetry are among his translations, and several times he received literary awards like the AKO-literature award, and the literature award from the Dutch Government, the "Constantijn Huygensprijs."




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