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Tommy Wieringa

Tommy Wieringa

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Tommy Wieringa (b. 1967) is the author of the best-selling novels Joe Speedboot (F. Bordewijk Prize 2006) , Caesarion (Little Caesar, shortlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award 2013) and Dit zijn de namen (These Are the Names). These Are the Names was awarded the Golden Owl Reader Prize, the Libris Literature Prize and the Golden Inktaap (a youth prize) and was shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europeo and the Gregor von Rezzori Prize.. His work has been published in more than fifteen countries and has garnered praise both at home and abroad.

Wieringa was ranked the most important Dutch author of 2013 on a new author rank list (Editio top 35) which considers critical acclaim, sales numbers, international success and public profile. These Are The Names has been put on stage by NT Gent.


Recent titles – English material

De heilige Rita (The Blessed Rita), 2017

De dood van Murat Idrissi (The Death of Murat Idrissi), 2017



Press on Honorary Cossack:

A stunning collection of travel stories from a curious globetrotter. With his distinctive associative thinking, Wieringa lifts every story to greater heights. The flawless language control and beautiful metaphors endow a wonderful serenity amid the many whirling impressions and thought streams. A gilt-edged book that, between the lines, offers us a picture of the writer himself. ***** - NU.NL

Honorary Cossack is a collection of travel reflections in which Wieringa matches the calibre of his idol W.G. Sebald. – DE TIJD

Press on These Are the Names:

It is superb. It has won the Libris Prize in the Netherlands and, were it eligible, could really shake up the Man Booker. … This is a bravura performance. Far closer to Joseph Conrad than one might expect, it makes a case for the saving power of small continuities. – IRISH TIMES

Highly intelligent. Wieringa will make you think and keep you reading eagerly to the final page. – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

An intense, tough novel that manages to communicate the great effort required for all migrations. – IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA

Press on A Beautiful Young Wife:

Wieringa’s masterful depiction of a faltering marriage ***** – DE VOLKSKRANT

A magician at work. ***** – DE MORGEN

With his lyrical, sober dialogue and restrained ambience, all created with well-chosen, evocative words, the author carefully doses out the drama, and the cruelty always comes as an unexpected blow. **** – IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA