Jaap Robben

Biography of a fly
With illustrations by Paul Faassen
Awards & nominations
Shortlist Jan Wolkers Prize 2021
Azerbaijani (...), Qanun - 2023
English (Biography Of A Fly), World Editions – David Doherty, 2022
French (Biography d'une mouche), J'ai Lu (...) - 2022
Turkish (...) Maev - 2023

Biography Of A Fly

‘I’m a fly!’ Fly cried joyfully.
And he zoomed through the air.
A fly is not born,
a fly wakes up somewhere in the middle of his life.

Biography Of A Fly is a story about discovery, friendship and transience. In twenty-three chapters you can read about the life of a fly. About his birth, the friendship he makes with a buzzard, his love experiences, doubts, sadness and his inevitable end.

After reading this story, you’ll definitely never swat a fly again.

Biography of a fly began as a poster story. A unique way of telling a story that was devised by literary festival ‘De Wintertuin’. Because the festival was cancelled due to Covid, the rented poster spaces in Nijmegen would remain empty. So they asked Jaap to write a 25-chapter story families could read while walking through the city. It turned into Biography Of A Fly.

Due to its success, the poster story was also displayed in Leeuwarden during the festivalExplore the Northand in Tilburg during the literary festivalTilt. And in Arnhem during the Nieuwe Types.

The English translation was released in the UK and Ireland in October 2021.

"Jaap Robben writes brilliantly about Fly's life. (…) Witty dialogues (…) The tragedy of his flying life – he will never meet his children – and especially the beautiful death scene is moving."
- Trouw Magazine
- Het Parool
"A little gem."
- Volkskrant Book Council


Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

Voor persverzoeken rondom Schemerleven kunt u contact opnemen met Charlotte van Arnhem:


Jaap Robben is represented by Michaël Roumen. For inquiries and requests, please send an email to: michael@michaelroumen.com 
P.O. Box 92
2501 CB The Hague
The Netherlands 

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