Erich Zielinski Died

17 02 2012

Writer and poet Erich Zielinski died last Wednesday February 15th, 2012 in Willemstad, Curaçao after a long illness.

In 2004 he made his debut with the novel De Engelenbron [Angel Source, ed.], that takes place in Otrobanda where life is dominated by the problems of survival and drugs. The main protagonist is the ex-police officer Monchín who tries to flee everyday reality when driving his Harley Davidson. The book was nominated for the Gouden Strop and received in 2007 the Cola Debrot-price.

Zielinski was born on Bonaire, but grew up in the old town of Otrobanda on Curaçao. After studying law in The Netherlands he went back to the Antilles and was employed as a teacher. At that time he was founder and editor of the magazine, Vitó, a ‘critical’ magazine against the establishment in the Antilles during the turbulent sixties. On Curaçao, he completed his law studies and he established himself as a lawyer. In the early 1970s, he was for a short time editor-in-Chief of the no longer existing newspaper Beurs- en Nieuwsberichten.

His novel Prijs van de zee (2008) [Price of the Sea, ed.] takes place on Bonaire, where the discovery of a car that fell into the sea almost leads to rivalry in a fishing village. The novel Scott Zuyderling (2009) is largely located in the Netherlands. Lawyer Scott Zuyderling goes to the funeral of Ronnie, Scott’s friend Armand’s son. Ronnie has committed suicide. Scott realizes that Armand never told him that he has begotten a child  with his own daughter-in-law (Ronnie’s wife). He is confronted with his own history and especially his relationship to his homosexual son.

Books by Erich Zielinski are available @ BookIsh Plaza

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