New Directions Publishing Corporation
October 05, 2021
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About the Author
A. L. Snijders was born in 1937 in Amsterdam. In 1971, he moved to Achterhoek, a quiet, wooded region in the east of the Netherlands where many of his animal stories are set. In 2006, his first collection of zkv's ("zeer korte verhalen" or "very short stories"--a term he invented) was published, bringing the writer quickly to public attention. Several collections followed, including the volume from which the present stories are taken, De Mol en andere dierenzkv's (The Mole and Other Very Short Animal Stories, AFdH, 2009). In November 2010, Snijders was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize, one of the three most important literary prizes in Holland, in recognition of his work as a whole and especially his zkv's. Snijders has by now written approximately 1,500 zkv's.
Lydia Davis's most recent collection of stories is Can't and Won't (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014). Her translation of Proust's Letters to His Neighbor appeared in 2017 from New Directions, and a collection of her essays, ESSAYS ONE, was published last year by FSG. She is currently preparing a second volume of essays and recently completed a translation of stories by the Dutch writer A.L. Snijders.