Niña Weijers

© Annaleen Louwes
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Niña Weijers

1987, Nijmegen
Debut author, talk show host, editor.

Niña Weijers studied literary theory in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has published short stories and essays in Dutch-language literary magazines, including De Gids and Passionate, writes for the Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and is an editor at De Gids. In 2013 she was selected by the Dutch feminist monthly Opzij as one of the ‘35 women writers under 35’. In 2014 her first novel, De consequenties (The Consequences), appeared, a portrayal of the fashionable world of modern art, a coming-of-age story about a girl who has more talent than is good for her and a scintillating account of the desire to escape, all-in-one. The book won Weijers a number of major literary prizes and has been translated into five languages.

Links   Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   Atlas Contact   Suhrkamp

Recently translated into German

The Consequences
Suhrkamp Verlag, 2016
Translated by Helga van Beuningen
Original title: De consequenties (Atlas Contact, 2014)

1984. When Minnie Panis enters the world nearly four months early, tiny and translucent, she is only just declared viable. Her mother anxiously keeps watch beside the incubator, fearing her child will slip away. The baby survives, but there is no guarantee she won’t be brain damaged. In 2012, Minnie is an established name in the international art world, admired for conceptual work in which she fearlessly puts her own life under the microscope. She is on the threshold of an experiment that goes beyond anything she has done before, an experiment in which she seeks out the ultimate boundary between life and art, which could well become the high point of her work. But how far can you manipulate reality without losing yourself?
The novel grates and creaks, and is loaded with questions, leaps and side paths, but that is one of its charms. Up to the last disturbing sentence the writer holds the reader in her manipulative grip.

De Groene Amsterdammer

In this novel, tingling with ambition and fascinating ideas, the life and art of the main character revolve around loss, existence and disappearance. A deter¬mined tone characterises this crazy book.

NRC Handelsblad