European Union Prize for Literature

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Winning Authors

Jamal Ouariachi, Netherlands

About the author:

Jamal Ouariachi, born in 1978, is the son of a Dutch mother and a Moroccan father. Jamal studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and spent years working as an online therapist. He made his literary debut in 2010 with the novel De vernietiging van Prosper Morèl (The Destruction of Prosper Morèl). Since then he has written controversial stories, articles and columns for a range of leading publications including nrc.next, HP/De Tijd, de Volkskrant, Knack Focus and Vogue. His second novel Tenderness earned him nominations for the BNG Literatuurprijs and the Gouden Uil. He followed it up with 25, one third of a Dutch literary trilogy written in response to Fifty Shades of Grey together with Daan Heerma van Voss and David Pefko.

Publishing house:

Querido
Singel Uitgeverijen
Spui 10
1012 WZ Amsterdam
Netherlands

Website
E-mail
+31 20 76 07 210

Book awarded:

Een Honger (A hunger), 2015

Synopsis:

Aurélie is the loving and dedicated mother of a three-year-old daughter, a role she combines with a successful career in television. Her life is turned upside down when she receives a phone call out of the blue from an ex-lover: Alexander Laszlo, formerly an iconic figure in the world of Dutch development aid and once better known as ‘Holland’s answer to Bob Geldof.’

Ten years previously, the passionate relationship between Aurélie, then a young student, and the flamboyant Alexander came to an abrupt end when Laszlo was convicted of sexually abusing one of his Ethiopian foster children. The boy had been brought to Amsterdam together with a dozen other children to be raised as part of Laszlo’s megalomaniac Future Leaders of Europe initiative. The aim was to give these children the best possible education so that they would return to their homeland armed with the knowledge to make a difference to society.

Other Works:

De vernietiging van Prosper Morèl

Amsterdam: Querido, 2010

Vertedering

Amsterdam: Querido, 2013

25

Amsterdam: Querido, 2013.