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Karin Amatmoekrim

Karin Amatmoekrim was born in Paramaribo, Surinam, in 1976. In 1981 she moved to the Netherlands with her mother and younger brother. She has lived in Amsterdam since 1999. After grammar scool, Amatmoekrim studied psychology for two years at Amsterdam University followed by a course in Modern Dutch Literature which she completed in 2003. Since 2001 Amatmoekrim has worked freelance in PR, marketing and communication. In 2004 she published her first novel, Het knipperleven, and in 2006 her second book, Wanneer wij samen zijn. She is currently working on her third book, which she hopes to publish in the spring of 2008.




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Karin Amatmoekrim
We are not great

Not everyone is brave enough to go against the flow. To just do what you feel like, even though others may criticise you for it, is only for the few. Ronnie is like this and initially it earns him the respect and high regard of his high-school classmates. However, when his friends learn something unexpected about him, the popularity and friendship quickly wane and he becomes an outcast. The narrator in Karin Amatmoekrin’s Radiobook is among those who, even if they want to, cannot pluck up enough courage to approach Ronnie after the incident. It takes courage to stick up for someone whose origins are not accepted. Unfortunately ‘we are not big-hearted’

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