Douwe Draaisma

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Guest of Honour 2016

Douwe Draaisma

1953, Nijverdal
Internationally celebrated non-fiction author. Memory expert.

Douwe Draaisma (1953) is an extraordinary professor of the history of psychology at the University of Groningen. He published De metaforenmachine (The Metaphors of Memory) and the award-winning Waarom het leven sneller gaat als je ouder wordt (Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older), which sold more than 100,000 copies. Later, Draaisma wrote about autobiographical memory in De heimweefabriek (The Nostalgia Factory, 2008) and Vergeetboek (Oblivion, 2010), and took a detailed look at dreams in De dromenwever (The Dream Weaver, 2013). His new book, Halve waarheden (Half-truths), about remembering and forgetting, is expected to be released in the autumn of 2016 and will be published simultaneously in Dutch and German. Draaisma’s work has won both literary and scientific distinctions, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Links   Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   Historische Uitgeverij   Galiani Berlin
Draaisma is a terrific writer, whose erudition and passion for the topic are apparent in every page.

Nature Magazine