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Saskia de Coster

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Saskia de Coster (b. 1976) is a Flemish author and a major voice in contemporary Dutch-language literature. She holds a degree in German philology and literary studies from the University of Leuven. Since 2002, De Coster has been a core editor of the literary magazine Dietsche Warande & Belfort. She also writes reviews for De Morgen and articles for quality newspapers in several countries, such as NRC Handelsblad, Le Soir, and de Volkskrant. In 2002, she was named one of the twenty based writers in Dutch under 35 by Humo and De Groene Amsterdammer.

De Coster debuted in 2000 with Onder elkaar (Among Ourselves), a story about the disintegration of an unconventional family. The novella Vrije Val (Free Fall; Prometheus/Bert Bakker), which followed two years later, is a turbulent, chaotic, and surreal tale written in an often absurd idiom.  

De Coster's breakthrough to a wider public came in 2006 with Eeuwige Roem (Eternal Fame), which was universally praised and won awards including the Interuniversity Literary Prize of the KU Leuven and the Cutting Edge Award for the best Dutch-language novel.  

In 2013 De Coster published the family novel Wij & Ik (Prometheus, 2013), for which she received the Opzij Literature Prize in 2014. This is an annual prize for the best novel in Dutch by a woman author. In her recent book Wat alleen wij horen (Prometheus, 2015), a variety of characters are looking for ways to escape a rapidly changing world.  

In February 2016, Saskia de Coster will spend four weeks at the Academia Belgica in Rome, working on the sequel to Wat alleen wij horen.  

 

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