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Judith Herzberg

The Netherlands


Judith Herzberg (1934) is back for the eighth time at the Night of Poetry. The poet and playwright has won many prizes in her career, including the literary Constantijn Huygens Prize and the P.C. Hooft Prize for her entire oeuvre, and this year she was honoured with the most important literary prize in the Netherlands and Flanders: the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren. “Herzberg’s poetry is just heartbreakingly simple and that is what makes it complex,” said the jury. “Her accurate observations of daily life lay bare something essential about human interaction. Her work can compete with that of Nobel prize winner Wisława Szymborska.” In 2016 she released a collection of short, pithy prose texts titled Er was er eens en er was er eens niet (Once There Was and Once There Wasn’t) and her most recent poetry collection Liever brieven (Lovely Letters) appeared in 2014. Both were published by De Harmonie.