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Arthur Japin

The Netherlands

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In 1996 Arthur Japin (1956) published his first collection of short stories Magonische verhalen (Magonian Stories). It wasn’t until a year later that he made his breakthrough with De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi). Since then, he has won a host of awards, including the C.C.S Crone prize for his entire oeuvre. Alongside writing novels, plays and film scripts, the multi-talented Japin can also act, sing and write songs. “I am obsessed with the riddles of language.” His latest release, Nachtkaravaan (Night Caravan) (Magonia, 2018), features a large number of his songs, together with a handful of poems, which have been published for the first time. At the Night of Poetry, the author can be regarded as a poet for a change and not as a novelist.