| A. Th.|
| Life in One Day|
| P. C. Hooft Award, Golden Owl for Fiction|
Golden Owl - Audience Award, Golden Book-Owl - Literature Prize
Het Schervengericht, De sandwich, Weerborstels, leven uit een dag, Het Hof van Barmhartigheid
Mirjam Rotenstreich, Connie Palmen, Mark de Cloe
A. F. Th. van der Heijden Wikipedia
Adrianus Franciscus Theodorus van der Heijden (born 15 October 1951, Geldrop) is a Dutch writer.
Van der Heijden initially studied psychology and philosophy in Nijmegen. After moving to Amsterdam he turned to writing. His first two books appeared under the pseudonym Patrizio Canaponi: the short story collection Een gondel in de Herengracht ("A Gondola in the Herengracht", 1978, Anton Wachter Prize, 1979) and the novel De draaideur ("The Revolving Door", 1979). Van der Heijden then began publishing under his own name in the 80s. Van der Heijden has won many awards, including all the big Dutch literary awards: the 2013 P. C. Hooft Award for his entire oeuvre, the 2012 Libris Literatuur Prijs for Tonio, and the 2007 AKO Literatuurprijs for Het schervengericht and the 1997 AKO Literatuurprijs for Onder het plaveisel het moeras. Some of Van der Heijden's books have been translated into German, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Spanish and Bulgarian.
Van der Heijden (or A.F.Th. as he is called among book lovers) is most known for his multi-novel saga De tandeloze tijd ("The Toothless Time") about his alter-ego Albert Egberts. The saga describes his youth in Geldrop, his student days in Nijmegen and his life afterward in Amsterdam in the seventies and eighties.
In 2003 Van der Heijden started a new saga: Homo Duplex, based on characters of the Greek tragedies in a contemporary setting.
2013 P.C. Hooft-prijs
2012 Libris Literatuur Prijs, winner, Tonio
2011 Constantijn Huygens Prize
2009 De Inktaap, winner, Het schervengericht
2008 Tzumprijs voor de beste literaire zin, winner, Mim
2007 AKO Literatuurprijs, winner, Het schervengericht
2003 Schrijversprijs der Brabantse Letteren
1997 Golden Owl, winner, Het Hof van Barmhartigheid & Onder het Plaveisel het Moeras
1997 AKO Literatuurprijs, winner, Onder het plaveisel het moeras
1986 Ferdinand Bordewijk Prijs, winner, De gevarendriehoek
1986 Multatuliprijs, winner, De gevarendriehoek
1979 Anton Wachterprijs, winner, Bouwval
De slag om de Blauwbrug ("Battle at the Blue Bridge") is the prologue to De tandeloze tijd and is one of the most controversial books in contemporary Dutch literature. The novel focuses on the events surrounding the coronation of Queen Beatrix on 30 April 1980. The whole event is seen through the eyes of a social reject and ex-convict who is walking in the streets of Amsterdam at that particular day. He witnesses violent clashes between police and anti-monarchist anarchist squatters who provoke riots during the coronation, protesting against poor housing conditions and using the occasion to tackle the institution of monarchy and the idea of government authority in general. The novel's main character is only observing the brutal clashes without participating or taking sides. The riots cause flashbacks to the important political events into his memory: from the Vietnam war to the R.A.F. terrorist attacks in the 70s.