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Peter Zantingh

The Netherlands

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After graduating, Peter Zantingh (1983) started working as a web editor at NRC Handelsblad – he has since become the media editor and deputy editor-in-chief of the weekend paper. Zantingh is also a writer. He made his debut in 2011 with De Arbeiderspers with Een uur en achttien minuten (One hour and eighteen minutes), which was nominated for both the audience and jury prize of the Dioraphte Literature Prize. At the start of this year, his third novel, Na Mattias (After Mattias), was published, in which the death of Mattias played a central role. Zantingh tells the story from eight different perspectives which closely link cynicism and sensitivity. During the ILFU Book Parade, Peter Zantingh will be discussing his novel.

“Mattias’s girlfriend has his new bike at home, a useless, shiny bike. A boy wanted to start a coffee shop with Mattias, another slowly learns that he is an alcoholic, grandparents come into the picture and a roadie discusses concerts. As you read the book, you notice that Mattias is still there and this prose contributes to this. This book makes the boy older and immortalises him. Mattias is not only living with the storytellers and with this writer, from now on, he is alive to us.” Jan van Mersbergen in De Revisor