Arjen Lubach

© David Cenzer
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Arjen Lubach

1979, Groningen
Writer. Presenter and writer for radio and television. Theatre maker.

Arjen Lubach made his debut in 2006 with the novel Mensen die ik ken die mijn moeder hebben gekend (People I Know Who Knew My Mother). His third novel, Magnus, received the Public Award of the prestigious Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuurprijs, a Dutch-language prize for books for 15 years and older.

In 2013 his first thriller, IV, appeared, and was awarded a major Dutch-language prize for best thriller debut. The mid-priced edition appeared in 2014, for which Lubach wrote a new ending. On this he commented: ‘I have no regrets about the old ending, but the new ending has more to do with the current situation in the world and the world of the book.’

Since 2014 he has presented the hugely popular and highly praised satirical talk show Zondag met Lubach (‘Sunday with Lubach’).


  Translations   Podium   BTB

Recently translated into German

Der fünfte Brief
BTB Verlag, 2016
Translated by Marlene Müller-Haas
Original title: IV (Podium, 2013)

When her father is murdered, Elsa sets out on a quest to find the ones responsible. Her investigation leads to the unravelling of a state secret, one that involves the Dutch royal family and the mysterious IV.

Originally published by Podium, IV sold over 20.000 copies to date. In May 2016 BTB published a German translation of the book, entitled Der fünfte Brief.
This is the type of book that guarantees you’ll never stop loving to read.

Coen Peppelenbos - Tzum

The content and writing style are well-balanced. This is possibly IV’s strongest feature: the naturalness of the story.