Michel Faber

Dutch-Australian-Scottish writer
Michel Faber

(b. 1960) – he was born in Netherlands. In 1967, his family emigrated to Australia, where he earned a degree in English literature and continued studies in Dutch language. He has undertaken various jobs, including nurse's work in a hospital on the outskirts of Sydney. In 1993, he moved to Scotland with his second wife. He started creating already as a child, but he stopped his writing in the sock drawer only in the 1990s, taking part in a few short prose competitions. His debut book was Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories – a collection of short stories published in 1998. Faber's first novel Under the Skin was published in 2000, but he earned biggest acclaim thanks to The Scarlet and White Petal, the plot of which is located in Victorian London. Faber has a real gift for creating intriguing stories; at the same time, he can be regarded as the youngest writer reviving the best climates known from American postmodernist prose. Faber's identity itself seems to be liquid – after all, he is a Dutch-Australian-Scottish writer.

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