Marente de Moor
© Eddo Hartmann
Critics have compared her with major literary figures such as W.F. Hermans, Tolstoy and Charlotte Brontë. Marente de Moor (1972) is a Slavonic scholar and lived in Russia for a number of years, where she worked as a correspondent for De Groene Amsterdammer. She released her debut novel De overtreder (The Transgressor) in 2007, which was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. For her second novel De Nederlandse Maagd (The Dutch Maiden) (Querido, 2011) she could call the prize her own, as well as the European Prize for Literature. The Querido publishing house will release her latest novel Foon (Phone) in September, which is the story of two biologists who live in a remote house in the Russian forest. This is where they learn, far away from the disrupted society they have fled from, how they should relate to their loved ones, to history and to the animal world they are part of. On Sunday 16 September De Moor will be interviewed about her new novel during the ILFU Book Parade.