(Johannesburg, 1929) grew up in South-Africa, but he lives in the United Kingdom since 1954. He write novels, short stories, essays and poetry. He is an emeritus professor of English Literature. In his novel Heshels Rijk (Heshel's Empire) he searches for his grandfather, a rabbi in a Latvian village, whose death cleared the way for the family's move to South-Africa, through which they escaped from the holocaust.
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With: Arahmaiani, Aya Zikken, Breyten Breytenbach, Dan Jacobson, Denis Henriquez, Frank Martinus Arion, Gerrit Komrij, Henk van Woerden, Jit Narain, Michiel van Kempen, Pim de la Parra, Rendra, Rudy Kousbroek, Soli Philander
The final programme in this festival was a 'live anthology', composed by writers reading their favourite poems and prose-fragments from the literatures of each other's cultures. In this way a colourful anthology was created from Surinamese, Indonesian, Antillian, Dutch and South-African literature.
For writer Carl Friedman the jewish culture plays an important role in her novels and stories. The same goes for Dan Jacobson. He wrote about jewish identity in South-Africa. The writers read from their work and discussed their common subject with Michaël Zeeman.