The Dutch writer Gerrit Krol has died at the age of 79. In his books, he wrote about Groningen, his father and Shell, but also about his sexual obsessions. His books were praised for combining literature and science in a unique experimental style.
Born in 1934 in Groningen, Krol studied mathematics and then worked for Shell in the Netherlands and Africa as a computer specialist. He published his first novel, De Rokken van Joy Scheepmaker, in 1962.
Krol went on to write more than 50 novels and anthologies of short stories and poetry. He won several literary awards including the Constantijn Huygens Prize and the Multatuli Prize. Yet very little of his work has ever been translated into English.
Krol suffered from Parkinson’s Disease towards the end of his life and described the illness in his final novel Duivelskermis, published in 2007.
Read about Gerrit Krol in this article from The Low Countries yearbook. And here you can read two translated poems and an extract in English from Krol's novel De chauffeur verveelt zich (The Driver is Bored).