J. Bernlef

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J. Bernlef
Portrait of Bernlef
Bernlef in 2008
Born Hendrik Jan Marsman
14 January 1937
Sint Pancras, Netherlands
Died 29 October 2012(2012-10-29) (aged 75)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pen name J. Bernlef, Ronnie Appelman, J. Grauw, Cas den Haan, S. den Haan, and Cas de Vries
Occupation Novelist, poet, translator
Language Dutch
Nationality Dutch
Notable award(s) Constantijn Huygens Prize (1984)
P. C. Hooft Award (1994)
Spouse(s) Eva Hoornik (1960–2012; his death)

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Hendrik Jan Marsman (14 January 1937 – 29 October 2012), better known by his pen name J. Bernlef, was a Dutch writer, lyricist, novelist and translator. He won numerous awards for his work, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize in 1984 and the P. C. Hooft Award in 1994. His book Hersenschimmen features on NRC's list of Best Dutch novels. Upon his death, he was hailed as "one of the greats of Dutch literature."[1]

Biography[edit]

Marsman was born on 14 January 1937 in Sint Pancras, Netherlands. He made his literary debut under the pen name J. Bernlef with Kokkels in 1960. He became known to a larger public with his novel Hersenschimmen from 1984, which treated the theme of dementia.[2] The book was the basis for a 1987 film, and a theatre play of 2006. The book is at #5 on NRC's list of Best Dutch novels. It was published in numerous international languages and successfully filmed.[1] Bernlef also wrote under such pseudonyms as Ronnie Appelman, J. Grauw, Cas den Haan, S. den Haan, and Cas de Vries. In 1994, he received the P. C. Hooft Award for his oeuvre.

Death[edit]

Marsman died on 29 October 2012, aged 75, at his home in Amsterdam.[1] He had a short illness. Distributor Annette Portegies wrote on the website of his publishing house, "We verliezen niet alleen een geweldige schrijver maar vooral ook een lieve vriend. We zullen hem verschrikkelijk missen.” [3] Reports hailed him as "one of the greats of Dutch literature."[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 1959: The Reina Prinsen Geerligsprijs for Kokkels
  • 1962: The Poetry prize from the Government of Amsterdam for Morene
  • 1964: The Lucy B. en C.W. van der Hoogtprijs for Dit verheugd verval
  • 1964: The Poetry prize from the Government of Amsterdam for En dode hagedis
  • 1977: The Vijverbergprijs for De man in het midden
  • 1984: The Constantijn Huygens Prize
  • 1987: The AKO Literatuurprijs for Publiek geheim
  • 1989: The Diepzee-prijs for Hersenschimmen
  • 1994: The P. C. Hooft Award, for complete works

List of works[edit]

  • Hersenschimmen (1984), translated as Out of Mind (1988) by Adrienne Dixon
  • Publiek geheim (1987), translated as Public Secret (1992) by Adrienne Dixon
  • Eclips (1993), translated as Eclipse (1996) by Paul Vincent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dutch writer J Bernlef dies". Dutch News. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ (Dutch) "J. Bernlef: profiel"Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Retrieved 11 May 2008)
  3. ^ "Niederländischer Autor J. Bernlef gestorben". Relevant. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 

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