Writer AL Snijders has passed away at the age of 83, AFdH Uitgevers reports. AL Snijders was a pseudonym of Peter Cornelis Müller. He was known as the master of the ‘very short story’, a genre created by himself.
Snijders was a teacher of Dutch for decades and started writing columns in various newspapers in the 1980s. In 1992 he made his debut in book form, with the column collection I live on the edge of the world. After that, more collections of columns and short stories followed in rapid succession.
‘Important that I don’t think about readers’
The ‘very short stories’ that Snijders introduced had no more than a few hundred words. He published twelve collections of these ‘zkvs’ with AFdH Publishers, which was set up in 2006 especially to be able to publish Snijders’ work.
The first Zkv bundle of Snijders was The important thing is that I don’t think about readers, containing 336 very short stories. His latest collection was published in April of this year: Tat Tvam Asia. Snijders also wrote for the VPRO Guide, among others.
Constantijn Huygens Prize
In 2010, Snijders won the Constantijn Huygens Prize, one of the most important oeuvre prizes in the Dutch-speaking region. The jury then stated that Snijders was able to give great durability to even the shortest text.