Arnold, Marius, Coenraad, Dominicus
Jansen op de Haar was born on 24th September 1962 in Nijmegen.
He wrote the novel De koning van Tuzla (The
King of Tuzla; De
Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam, 1999) and the poetry volume
Soldatenlaarzen (Soldier's boots; J.M.
Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 2002). The poem 'joegoslavisch
requiem' from that volume was included in the anthology
De 100 beste gedichten van 2002, edited by Gillis
Dorleijn (De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam, 2003).
In 1986 he graduated from the Royal
Military Academy in Breda. Overall, he spent thirteen
years in the
army. His last post was that of commander of a company
of red berets, the A/Royal Company of the Guards regiment
of Grenadiers. During his army days he studied English
language and literature at the University
In 1995 he exchanged his arms for a pen. First off, he
wrote some articles about his experiences of war in former
Yugoslavia for HP/De Tijd magazine, de Volkskrant,
Gelderlander, but it wasnt long before he started
publishing poems in literary magazines such as Maatstaf,
Wereld Tijdschrift and Roodkoper.
His favourite quotation is by Wallace
Stevens: 'The nobility of poetry lies in the violence
from within protecting us from the violence without.'
Since 1999 he's written a weekly TV-column for De Gelderlander
newspaper, entitled 'Breedbeeld' (Widescreen). By now,
he has come to the decision never to write about the army
again he doesn't want to belong to anything anymore.
He is also hard at work writing his second novel and a
long poem. In May 2003 he published 'Grote
Gerrit' (Big Gerrit), an article about the Dutch Poet
Laureate, Gerrit Komrij. Since
1987 he has lived in Arnhem, where he also works in a
Please browse www.jansenopdehaar.nl
for more information on Jansen op de Haar.
Soldatenlaarzen, J.M. Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 2002
De koning van Tuzla, De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam,