Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer


All my books are in some way about authenticity, about the relationship between reality and fiction, and the question of whether authenticity is actually possible.

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (1968) writes novels, stories, poetry, columns, essays, criticism, plays and song lyrics. He lives and works in Genoa. Until 2004, Pfeijffer worked as a classicist at the University of Leiden. He is specialised in the works of the classical poet Pindar. In 1998, he won the C. Buddingh’ Prize for his poetry collection Van de vierkante man (Of the square man). For Book Week 2000, he put together the volume De Antieken: Een korte literatuurgeschiedenis.

In 2003, he won the Gerard Walschap-Londerzeel or Seghers Literature Prize for Rupert. He has been nominated many times for the major literary awards, including for De vierkante man, the VSB Poetry Prize in 1999, and for both Het Baggerboek and La Superba he was shortlisted for the Gouden Uil (Golden Owl) and the AKO Literature Prize.

In 2014, he won the Libris Literature Prize with his novel La Superba (2013). Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer also received the Tzum prize for the most beautiful sentence in 2014 for the second time. The sentence also came from his novel La Superba

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