Van der Heijden wins AKO Literature Prize

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6 November 2007, HILVERSUM - A.F.Th. van der Heijden has won the AKO Literature Prize 2007 for his book Het Schervengericht (The Ostracism). Jury chairman Gerlach Cerfontaine announced this from the Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn on the television programme Pauw & Witteman on Monday. The prize comes with an award of EUR 50,000 and a sculpture from Eugene Peters. The six nominees, besides A.F.Th., were Arnon Grunberg (Tirza), Willem G. van Maanen (Heb lief en zie niet om), Dimitri Verhulst (Mevrouw Verona

6 November 2007

HILVERSUM - A.F.Th. van der Heijden has won the AKO Literature Prize 2007 for his book Het Schervengericht (The Ostracism). Jury chairman Gerlach Cerfontaine announced this from the Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn on the television programme Pauw & Witteman on Monday.
 
The prize comes with an award of EUR 50,000 and a sculpture from Eugene Peters. The six nominees, besides A.F.Th., were Arnon Grunberg (Tirza), Willem G. van Maanen (Heb lief en zie niet om), Dimitri Verhulst (Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af), Frank Westerman (Ararat) and Joost Zwagerman (Transito). 

Cerfontaine said it was very difficult to choose the winner. He said 2007 was "an exceptionally rich literary year." Van der Heijden was delighted with the prize. "This book had to be written," the writer told NOS Journaal in a reaction. He said that Het Schervengericht is not just a book, but also a "protest against the murder of Theo van Gogh."

It was the second time that Adrianus Franciscus Theodorus (Adri) van der Heijden won the AKO Literature Prize. In 1997 he was awarded the distinction for his book Onder het plaveisel het moeras (Under the pavement the morass).

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