Andreas Oosthoek (Nieuwdorp, 1942) is a poet, essayist, journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant. In 2014, his fourth collection of poems, Een zandloper in zee, appeared. In 2012, Oosthoek published a story about Solle in an anthology of short stories from Zeeland. He rewrote the story by memory as he had lost the original manuscript. While searching for something else, he came across the original, more extensive version, which now, after forty years, will be published for the first time.
As a soldier, Oosthoek was part of an identification team in 1964, which dealt with the storage and identification of war victims. Identifying these victims is the subject of Oosthoek’s 2015 novella, Vuurland, an impressive and sometimes gruesome testimony. About the pre-war artists’ life in Paris, he wrote De fotokoerier and Het koffertje van Moss, about the abstract artist Marlow Moss, to which the Tate Modern retrospectively dedicated an exhibition. He will soon complete his years of work on the biography of the famous Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff.