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Alfred Birney

Alfred Birney
Alfred Birney

(The Hague, 1951). His debut was published in 1987: Tamara's Lunapark. He was awarded the G.W.J. Paagmanprijs in 1991. He compiled an anthology of Dutch colonial and post-colonial literature: East-Indian Ink (1998). In 2002 Indische Gezichten, was published, a compilation of his Dutch post-colonial novels Vogels rond een vrouw (1991) and De onschuld van een vis (1995), both being translated into Indonesian (Lalu Ada Burung (2002) and Ikan Tanpa Salah (2004). For his latest novel De Tolk van Java (2017) he was awarded the Henriëtte Roland Holst-award 2017 and the Libris Literatuurprijs 2017.


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  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    East-Indian Anthologists

    Oost-Indische Inkt is the title of anthology of Dutch East-Indian literature. It was published in 1998. Anthologist Alfred Birney discussed the choices he made, from Multatuli to Marion Bloem. He spoke to Michaël Zeeman and Kester Freriks, writer and critic. Freriks invited two 'Indian' writers: Aya Zikken (whose work was part of the anthology), and Jill Stolk, whose work is not represented in the anthology. Both writers read from their work.