A.F.Th. van der Heijden

Initials A.F.Th.
Member of Society of Arts


The wide-ranging oeuvre of novelist A.F.Th. van der Heijden (born in 1951) has garnered him every imaginable Dutch literary prize, including the Constantijn Huygensprijs (2011) and the P.C. Hooftprijs (2013). In his novels and stories, 'everything can be turned into literature'. From squatters’ riots to the history of crime, and from football hooligans to his personal life, Van der Heijden’s keen sense of morality and tragedy never fails to transform human existence into a work of art.

He is best known for two great multi-novel sagas, De tandeloze tijd and Homo duplex. In 2012, he received both the Libris Literatuurprijs and the NS Publieksprijs for Tonio. Een requiemroman, which concerned the sudden death of his only son. The book sold more than 200,000 copies.