Born in Indonesia (1936), raised in The Netherlands, and residing in the USA since the age of 22, Marjolijn de Jager earned a PhD. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975.
She translates from both Dutch and French. Francophone African literature, the women’s voices in particular, have a special place in her heart. Retired from a 35-year long career in teaching French and Francophone language and literature (both secondary and college levels), she is now self-employed as a translator.
The Bone Seekers is her third translation of a Djaout novel: previous translations of his work were The Last Summer of Reason (originally published by Ruminator Books: 2003; republished by Bison Books: 2007) and The Watchers (Ruminator Books: 2002).
Among her honors are an NEA grant, two NEH grants and, in 2011, the annually awarded ALA Distinguished Member Award received from the African Literature Association for scholarship, teaching, and translations of African Literature.