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Mirjam van Hengel

The Netherlands

© Keke Keukelaar

Discovering the truth is what makes writing about someone’s life so interesting for Mirjam van Hengel (1967). In 2014 she wrote the biography Hoe mooi alles. Leo en Tineke Vroman, een liefde in oorlogstijd (How wonderful life is. Leo and Tineke Vroman, Love in Wartime). The book was well received and premiered as a play in September 2015, with Kees Hulst and Esther Scheldwacht playing the leads. This year sees the release of her long-awaited biography of Remco Campter, Een knipperend ogenblik. Portret van Remco Campert (Blink of an Eye. Portrait of Remco Campert). Remco and Deborah Campert have assisted Van Hengel at every step of the way. For two years, she spoke to Campert on a weekly basis and she gained access to all his papers. Van Hengel studied Dutch in Utrecht and worked for many years an editor at the publishing houses of Van Oorschot and Querido. She was also the programmer for the Literatuurmuseum and De Nieuwe Liefde. At the ILFU Book Parade, Mirjam van Hengel will be sharing a preview of her biography about Campert.