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Tip Marugg


Silvio Alberto Marugg, known as Tip, was born Willemstad, Curaçao, in 1923, and spent two years in Venezuela as a boy. In 1942 he joined the military, later becoming an officer. After the war he worked for Shell in Curaçao until 1973. He wrote his three novels at long intervals, also publishing a volume of poetry, Afschuw van licht; gedichten 1946-1951 (Horror of Light: Poems, 1946-1951; 1976).

He received the Cola Debrot Prize for The Roar of Morning and was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. Tip Marugg was called ‘the island’s thinnest shadow’ because of his lanky frame. He led a reclusive existence, avoiding the public eye, although one colourful article described his life in a remote house surrounded by dogs, with a pistol on his bedside table. He died, solitary and blind, in 2006. His collected work was published three years later under the title De hemel is van korte duur (Heaven Doesn’t Last), along with a collection of anecdotes and stories edited by the journalist Petra Possel, Niemand is een eiland (No One Is an Island).

Tip Marugg