Terugblik - 3 November 2017
Annejet van der Zijl & Emily Kocken - Literatuur Late Night
Annejet van der Zijl published in 2010 Bernhard, a reconstruction of the hitherto unknown German background of Prince Bernhard. With this book she obtained her doctorate in history at the University of Amsterdam. The four books which Van der Zijl published have been best-sellers and three of them were adapted for the screen. In 2004 Sonny Boy appeared, about the love affair of a Surinamese student and a married Dutch woman, against the backdrop of WWII. The film attracted an audience of 400,000 and was selected the Dutch entry for the Oscars. Van der Zijl grew up in Friesland, studied art history and mass communication in Amsterdam and journalism in London. She worked for HP/De Tijd before deciding in 1999 to become a fulltime writer.
Emily Kocken moved to Holland with her parents when she was seven. She studied music, philosophy, film and writing. For more than ten years, she taught music, theater and film at various secondary schools. After a car accident in 2000 she resigned and devoted herself to her art practice. Her recent second book The cure (De kuur) is a soap noir about a family trip to Davos Taverberg, famous for Thomas Mann's classic.
Kees 't Hart is a writer and poet. Artificiality plays an important role in his work. He takes real life as a starting point for running off into fantasy. 't Hart studied Dutch language and literature in Amsterdam and has published novels, short-story collections, essays, and poetry. In 2000 he won the Multatuli Prize for his novel The Revue (1999) and the Ida Gerhardt Poetry Prize for Kinderen die leren lezen (Children Learning to Read). Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre) was published this year, about two Dutch theatre professionals trying to stage their show in Italy. The daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad wrote: "Teatro Olimpico is the wittiest novel published in 2014."
The Romanian musician Annamaria Stamp performed this evening on piano.