Leon de Winter
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
He grew up in an orthodox Jewish family and attended the gymnasium in Den Bosch. After his graduation he attended the academy of Bavaria Film Studios in Munich and the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. However, the Film Academy was much criticised by De Winter and he left the Film Academy in 1978 without a degree.
After leaving the Film Academy, De Winter made some television series, like Junkieverdriet and De (ver)wording van de jonge Dürer. The latter, which was also rewritten into a novel, is the story of an unemployed young boy who does not know how to handle life, and who goes slowly but inevitably insane.
Hoffman’s honger was followed in 1991 by the novel Supertex. In 1992 the novel De ruimte van Sokolov was published. Just like Hoffman’s honger, De ruimte van Sokolov is a literary thriller, this time set in Israel.
In 1995 De Winter wrote Zionoco, the story of a rabbi, who has lost his faith, and is searching for his Jewish roots.
Most of these works feature protagonists searching—in particular, for a Jewish identity. These attempts to bring order out of chaos are a result of discontent with seemingly empty and aimless lives.
De Winter became more involved in political writings in newspapers and magazines , and appearances on television, possibly the most recognizable of these being his utterances of support for the invasion of Iraq.
On December 26, 2007 de Winter announced a stop to his political writings on weblogs and magazines and he's considering a permanent move with his family to California.
De Winter was criticized early on by Theo van Gogh for placing so much emphasis on Jewish themes. Van Gogh argued that De Winter was exploiting his heritage.