Bordewijk, Ferdinand

WRITER (THE NETHERLANDS)
BORN 10 Oct 1884, Amsterdam - DIED 28 Apr 1965, Den Haag
GRAVE LOCATION Den Haag: Oud Eik en Duinen, Laan van Eik en Duinen (A2 1-2948)

Ferdinand Bordewijk studied law in Leiden and worked for a law firm in Rotterdam. As an author he made himself a name with short novels like "Blokken" ("Blocks", 1931) and "Bint" (1934). His style is characterized as new objectivity and as well as magic realism.

"Blokken" was regarded as a criticism of communism and is often compared to "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, a novel considered worthless by Bordewijk himself. In 1938 his novel "Karakter" ("Character") was published. Bordewijk married the composer Johanna Roepman in 1914 and he wrote the libretto for her opera "Rotonde" (1941).

His extensive library was lost during the allied bombing of the Bezuidenhout in The Hague but Bordewijk wasn't wounded. In 1953 he received the Dutch P.C. Hooft-Prize. He died in 1965 in The Hague.

Family
• Wife: Roepman, Johanna

Sources
Wikipedia (Dutch)

Images

The grave of Ferdinand Bordewijk at the Oud Eik en Duinen Cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2007)

 

The grave of Ferdinand Bordewijk at the Oud Eik en Duinen Cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2007)

 


Borges, Jorge Luis

Published: 3 Nov 2013
Last update: 3 Nov 2013