Marente de Moor worked as a correspondent in Saint Petersburg for a number of years and wrote a book based on her experiences, Petersburgse Vertellingen (‘Petersburg Stories’), which was published in 1999. She made a successful debut as a novelist in 2007 with De Overtreder (‘The Transgressor’). For her second novel, The Dutch Maiden, she was awarded the prestigious AKO Literature Prize along with the European Union Prize for Literature. The novel has so far sold over 70,000 copies in the Netherlands and has been translated into ten languages.
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