Daan Heerma van Voss


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Guest of Honour 2016
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Daan Heerma van Voss

1986, Amsterdam
Prolific writer. Has written an ambitious oeuvre single-handedly and an excellent thriller together with his brother Thomas.


Daan Heerma van Voss is a novelist, interviewer and historian. He has published in leading national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, The New York Times and Vogue. In 2012 he received a prestigious Dutch prize for journalism for the best interviews of the year. His debut novel Een zondagsman (A Sunday Man) appeared in 2010. His oeuvre currently includes eleven titles. Many of his novels were nominated for literary prizes, including the thriller Ultimatum, which he wrote together with his brother Thomas. His most recently published work De laatste oorlog (The Last War, 2012) is an ambitious, highly praised novel about war, love, historical distortion, human betrayal, decay, fraud, self-aggrandizement, compassion and other things.
Ultimatum and De laatste oorlog (2016) are being translated into German and will be published in 2017. De laatste oorlog is also being translated into Swedish and Spanish.

Links

  http://www.daanheermavanvoss.nl/   Translations   Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag DTV   De Bezige Bij

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Thomas Heerma van Voss 1990, Amsterdam Writes solo and as part of a writing duo with his brother Daan.

Recently translated into German

The Last War
DTV, 2017
Translated by Gregor Seferens
Original title: De laatste oorlog (De Bezige Bij, 2016)


In the 1980s, while studying history, Abel Kaplan got to know Eva, the love of his life. In her Jewish family he experiences for the first time the feeling of being in the right place, and calls it happiness. He identifies more and more with the story of Eva and her family, but when his marriage to her remains childless and he proves unable to fulfil his ambition as a writer, the two grow apart. Kaplan then opts for a modest job at an Islamic school, but eventually his sense of justice prompts him to act. His concern about a bullied pupil causes his life to gain momentum. The Last War is a moving and sometimes humorous book in which the reader is carried progressively deeper into the extraordinary world of Abel Kaplan.
At last a character who acts, instead of numbly watching; grotesque and tragic at the same time. 'The Last War' is a fable in chiaroscuro about how to be human in uncertain times.

De Volkskrant

It’s a kind of cross between Leon de Winter, Harry Mulisch and Arnon Grunberg.

De Morgen