Adriaan Jaeggi 

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Adriaan Jaeggi (Wassenaar, 3rd April 1963) is a writer, poet and columnist. During the school holidays, and later on while studying English in Leiden, he worked, amongst others, as a snack bar owner, cabin boy, jazz trombonist and forklift driver. With the money he earned he bought an editorial seat in the Amsterdam literary student magazine 'Propria Cures'.

Shortly after this editorship he published his first novel De tol van de roem (The Price of Fame). He began writing a literary column in De Groene Amsterdammer and wrote stories and criticism for e.g. Het Parool, Bunker Hill and NRC Handelsblad.

Jaeggi's literary breakthrough came with his second novel Held van beroep (Professional Hero; 1999), which nominated for two major literary prizes and received the Halewijn prize. The German translation (Held von Beruf, 2002) also received great praise ('unbedingt witziger als Salinger!' – Maerkische Allgemeine, 2002).

On 8th September 2002 his first poetry volume appeared: Sorry dat ik het paard en de hond heb doodgeschoten (Sorry I Shot The Horse and The Dog; Prometheus). De Volkskrant praised the 'caustic wit' of his poetry. NRC Handelsblad spoke of 'hearty men's poetry'.

Currently, Jaeggi is the regular column writer of the Volkskrant magazine, head of poetry at 'Het Parool' and publishes columns and stories in various magazines.

He is writing a new novel, too, which has as its working title: Nog is Polen niet verloren (Still Poland Isn't Lost). Furthermore, he has started work on the first part of his memoirs, which are set to appear in 2010 entitled Niemandsland (No Man's Land).

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De tol van de roem, novel, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 1995
Held van beroep, novel, Bert Bakker, Amsterdam, 1999
Sorry dat ik het paard en de hond heb doodgeschoten, poetry, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2002
Luxeproblemen, stories and columns, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2004. Appears 8th April.



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