Jan Buruma (1966) is archivist, writer, traveller and a miracle with languages. He was born and raised in Friesland, the multi lingual province in the northern part of The Netherlands. He lives in Bodegraven, The Netherlands.
When the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989, Jan Buruma discovered the fascinating countries in Eastern Europe. He live a few years in Bulgaria, and was many times in Ukraine. He was editor for Balkan Bulletin, the quarterly magazine of the Foundaton Eastern Europe Projects, based in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. He was frrelance journalist Eastern Europe for the Dutch newspaper Leeuwarder Courant and the English language online newspaper Transitions Online.
Jan Buruma is the spiritual father of the eccentric archive professor Von Falckensteyn. He has the special gift to track down ancient documents that everyone supposes to be disappeared. Von Falckensteyn is driven in a carruage, amf he loves Paganini's sixth violin concert.
The first novel by Jan Buruma is Bulgaars labyrint. It was published in 2017 in Dutch. Von Falckensteyn goes to Bulgaria to track down a document about the 1978 umbrella killing on Georgi Markov. The author is working on his next novels, each time starring the eccentric archive professor Von Falckensteyn.