Writer Maarten Biesheuvel died on Thursday at the age of 81 after a short illness in his hometown of Leiden. His colleagues share condolences and commemorate him.

Nico Dijkshoorn: 'One of the best writers ever'

Writer and poet Nico Dijkshoorn calls Biesheuvel "one of the best writers ever". "He's been living in the minds of his readers for centuries," he said on Twitter.

As if it is not yet herd enough. One of the best writers ever died. He lives in the minds of his readers for centuries. #biesheuvel

AvatarAvatar Author dijkshoorn Time of places 12:30 - 30 July 2020

Wim Daniëls: 'Nice, but a bit strange boy'

Linguist and writer Wim Daniëls recalls a passage by Maarten Biesheuvel in his story Brommer op zee to commemorate the deceased writer. "He was a nice, but a bit strange boy."

Writer Maarten Biesheuvel passed away. The second sentence of his story "Moped at sea": "He was a nice, but a bit strange boy."

AvatarAvatar Author Wimdaniels Time of places 13: 15 - 30 July 2020