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Joost de Vries

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Joost de Vries (b. 1983) is a Dutch writer and journalist. He studied journalism and history at the University of Utrecht. De Vries works as an art editor for the literary magazine De Groene Amsterdammer and is a critic of Dutch literature for Dichters & Denkers. He also writes for Das Magazin and nrc.next newspaper.

In 2010 De Vries made his debut as a novelist with Clausewitz, about a young academic in search of a supposedly lost cult writer. It is a story about the tension between idealism and indifference, facts and myths, and between fathers and sons.

De Republiek (2013), De Vries' second novel, was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and was awarded the Golden Book-Owl. The jury praised the book for its pared-down style and the way it portrays the confusion of our time. Vechtmemoires, a collection of essays in which de Vries reveals himself to be an essential critic, was published in October 2014.

In February 2015 Joost de Vries will spend a month in the writers' flat at the Hallepoort in Saint-Gillis.  

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