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W F Hermans


(Willem Frederik Hermans)
Netherlands (1921 - 1995)

Willem Frederik Hermans was born in Amsterdam in 1921 and studied physical geography before becoming a lecturer at Groningen University. Disaffected with academia and his native country, he took up residence in Paris in 1973. A champion of unadorned style, he is the author of numerous novels, essays, plays and poems, and is considered one of the greatest post-war European writers.