His personal involvement and his unique style-sometimes clipped and ironic, at other times lyrical and visionary-give his books a place of their own in the history of the novel -- R.P. Meijer Literature of the Low Countries In his prose he is great and irresistible -- Bert Schierbeek De Groene Amsterdammer
About the Author
Jan Jacob Slauerhoff was born in the Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in 1898. After a childhood plagued by bouts of asthma, he studied medicine in Amsterdam, where he also began writing poetry. His first work was published in 1921, and by the end of his life he was considered one of the most important writers in Dutch.In 1923, upon graduating from university, Slauerhoff signed up as a ship’s surgeon with the Dutch East India Company. Despite poor health, he returned to the sea throughout his life, voyaging many times to the Far East, Latin America and Africa. On his last voyage, to South Africa in 1935, Slauerhoff contracted malaria. He died in Hilversum, The Netherlands in 1936 at thirty-eight.
Paul Vincent is one of the most renowned translators of Dutch literature for the past twenty years. His work is internationally recognised and he has won quite a few major awards. He was the recipient of the first David Reid Poetry Translation Prize for this translation of Hendrik Marsman’s famous poem 'Herinnering aan Holland' (Memory of Holland) in 2006. Paul has recently translated an impressive list of Dutch literary novels including: 'Inevitable' by Louis Couperus (Pushkin Press, London, 2005). He has a strong academic background in literature, linguistics and translation theory as well as teaching and practical interpreting experience. From 1967 to 1989 he was a full time Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Dutch Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and University College London. He left his academic career in 1989 to become a freelance translator of Dutch and German into English. He writes many articles and continues to act as a tutor for a wide range of courses and workshops.