== Wurkpaad ==
made his debut with the novel ''De houdgreep'' in 1986. His second novel, ''Gimmick!'' (1989), was adapted as a play, and reached a much wider audience. He wrote his third book, ''Vals licht'', in 1991 and was awarded the [[ECI Literatuurprijs|AKO Literatuurprijs]]. ''Vals Licht'' was the basis for a movie by [[Theo van Gogh ( film director)|Theo van Gogh]] (1993).
More novels followed, including ''Chaos en Rumoer'', ''Zes Sterren'' and ''De buitenvrouw''.
Zwagerman syn wurk is oerset yn tolve talen, ûnder oaren yn it [[Dútsk]], [[Frânsk]] en [[Japansk]].
Besides books, Zwagerman also published gedichten en essays. His first collection of poems was published in 1987 ''Langs de doofpot''. Hy krige de Awater poëzy priis foar de samling ''Roeshoofd hemelt'', dy't fjouris werprinte waard.
Under syn essaybondels binne ''Pornotheek Arcadië'' (2001) en ''Het vijfde seizoen'' (2003).
Zwagerman wie teffens in warber kollumnist, foar ''[[de Volkskrant]]'' (1998–2002) en sûnt 2001 foar ''[[NRC Handelsblad]]''.
Additionally he was the host of a Dutch television programme (''Zomergasten'' ) and appeared in theater with the Dutch writer [[Ronald Giphart]].
Besides his work as a writer and columnist, he also frequently appeared on Dutch national television, in the program [[De Wereld Draait Door]],<ref>[http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/ dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl]</ref> broadcast by [[VARA]],<ref>[http://vara.nl/ vara.nl]</ref> where he often held mini-lectures on art-related topics. As an amateur art lover himself, Zwagerman enjoyed transmitting his love for art to a wider audience.
As a writer Zwagerman was connected to two universities; in 1998 [[Ryksuniversiteit Grins]] and 2003 [[Universiteit Leien]]. He also lectured at the [[Radboud Universiteit Nymwegen]] during the Frans Kellendonk Lecture in 2006.
Jannewaris 2008 krige Zwagerman de [[Gouden Ganzenveer]], foar syn grutte fertsjinste foar it skreaune wurd yn Nederlân.