The Dutch writer Dirk Ayelt Kooiman is at the age of 72 died, confirms his publisher De Harmonie.
The author made his debut in 1971 with the short story and the ‘Manipulations’. In 1982 he broke through with the novel ‘Montyn’, in which he the life-story of painter Jan Montyn had reported that in the war collaboreerde. For ‘The great silence’ (1975), he received the Van der Hoogtprijs 1977.
In 1974 established Kooiman, together with Thomas Graftdijk the literary magazine De Revisor . He was part of the so-called Reviewer-group, which is also known as the Academisten. Herein he sat together with Doeschka Meijsing, Nicholas Matsier and Frans Kellendonk. The group took a stand against the realistic, anecdotal literature.
Further, Kooiman a number of screenplays to his name, including ” have a Nice weekend, meneer Meijer’ van Orlow Seunke and ‘The Dream’ by Pieter Verhoeff.
Kooiman died on 2 October in his hometown of Amsterdam. The funeral took already place. ‘It was, at the request of Dirk, only intimate friends being present’, is in the rouwadvertentie.