Jan Cremer (b. 1940), artist and writer, achieved international fame in 1964 with his first novel, Ik, Jan Cremer (I, Jan Cremer). At the author’s request, ‘a sure-fire bestseller’ was printed on the cover, right from the very first edition. Cremer’s controversial comments in Ik, Jan Cremer (I, Jan Cremer) were viewed by some as a threat to national security, a bad example to young people and so on. At the same time, he was praised by such prominent colleagues as Willem Frederik Hermans. The sequel was published in 1966 and also became a smash hit. His subsequent work has included travelogues, letters and a autobiographical account.
Recent title – English material
Odyssee, Fernweh (Odyssey, Wanderlust), 2016
Press on I, Jan Cremer:
This lad on his motorbike stands for freedom as against lethargy, honesty as against hypocrisy, bravura as against respectability. He stands, in short, for Holland against the Netherlands. - NRC HANDELSBLAD
In 1964 I, Jan Cremer caused huge controversy. Partly as a result of publicity stunts by the author himself, it was a long time before the dust settled. By then the book had exposed a generation gap in many families. - NPO
- Odyssee (Odyssey. Wanderlust)
- Ik, Jan Cremer (I, Jan Cremer)