The art and literatureDutch writer Hafeez Bouazza died at the age of 51. He had been in ill health for some time and died in a hospital in his hometown of Amsterdam on Thursday, according to publisher Querido.
Bouazza was born on March 8, 1970 in Morocco, and appeared for the first time in 1996 in the short story collection “My feet, Abdallah”. He was awarded the E. du Perron Prize for this. It also garnered much praise for Paravion (2003), which earned him an AKO Literary Award nomination and earned him a De Gouden Uil award. His latest novel Meriswin was released in 2014.
The writer has also translated poetry from Arabic, French and English. He has also written plays and articles, such as the 2001 Boekenweekessay Magazine: “A Bear in a Fur Coat”. In 2003 he was awarded the Amsterdam Art Prize and in 2014 Boazza was named Thinker of the Year by De Vrije Gedachten.
With artist Marilyn Dumas, he made a copy of Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis”, and earlier this month they will be publishing a similar version of Charles Baudelaire’s “Het Parisse spleen”. This is on the occasion of Baudelaire’s 200th birthday. Bouazza was also working on a novel that was due to be published by Holland Deeb.
Bouazza, who came to the Netherlands with his parents in 1977, studied Arabic Language and Literature in Amsterdam. He left two sons behind.
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