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Gurus (Goeroes)

SPIRITUALITY Stine Jensen examines the temptations and dangers of modern spirituality. For fans of the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country A lot of modern spirituality is not as zen as we think it is. The comparison with a repressive religion is obvious when there is a dependency on a spiritual leader. On the other hand, […]

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The Book of Fury (Het Woedeboek)

POETRY The poetry debut of a promising young novelist, which was nominated for several Dutch poetry prizes What do you do with the words of your ancestors when you break with their customs and traditions, and with their God? Can you really break with them, when the words keep revolving inside of you? Or could […]

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Lighter than I (Lichter dan ik)

HISTORICAL FICTION | DEBUT NOVEL Moving, historical novel about position, desire and identity in the Dutch East Indies of the late nineteenth century. Yokya, Java, 1850. Isah is the daughter of the sultan’s tailor. Her life and position in the strongly hierarchical culture of colonial Java seem to be predetermined. However, Isah possesses an extraordinary […]

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Land of Dates and Princes (Land van dadels en prinsen)

FICTION | DEBUT NOVEL After a fight with his father, 15-year old Simon decides to spend the summer at his uncle’s house in the Parisian banlieue. He meets Youssef, an Algerian boy who is drawn to adventure. The two become inseparable in no time. Together they roam the city’s roofs, increasingly higher, in search for […]

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A Little Surprise (Een kleine verrassing)

LITERARY FICTION Best friends Hendrik and Evert return as the protagonists of an unsought, but very surprising adventure! Takes place nine years before The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old, Hendrik Groen’s first diary. Written in Hendrik Groen’s trademark style: funny and moving, at times with a sharp edge. Hendrik Groen and […]

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Pastoral (Pastorale)

LITERARY FICTION The siblings Oscar and Louise grew up on a dilapidated estate near a village that is divided in two parts: a strictly religious, Dutch reformed part and a Moluccan part, consisting of refugees from the Dutch former colonies. The members of the two neighbourhoods regard each other with suspicion. Oscar, in his last […]

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Love, if You Say So (Liefde, Als Dat Het Is)

LITERARY FICTION ‘Marijke Schermer flawlessly analyzes how love takes its course.’ — Het Parool ‘On every page Schermer excels with sentences that seem ordinary, but are packed with meaning. After every striking sentence, I had to put the book down for a while. This book is about love – if you say so, of course […]

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The Saint (De Heilige)

LITERARY FICTION  Donatien is born in 1789 and has no sense of right or wrong. He leads an adventurous and romantic life as a charlatan, seducer and murderous robber. Despite his shaky morals, he will be remembered as the Holy Dieudonné of Metz. After the immense success of his previous novels Rivers and The Pelican, […]

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Hshuma. Women’s Bodies and Sexuality in Morocco (Hshouma. Corps et sexualité au Maroc)

GRAPHIC NOVEL Hshuma means “shame” in Moroccan dialect. More precisely, the word is used to refer to taboo subjects that should not be spoken about in front of one’s family or in public. Both an artistic achievement and an educational initiative, this graphic novel’s goal is to chip away at the taboos around gender, sexual […]

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The Young Man Who Didn’t Want to Sell Bottles Water to the World Any More (L’Homme qui ne voulait pas vendre au monde de l’eau en bouteille)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT | ENVIRONMENT At age 27, Marc, an ambitious young Frenchman, is living the good life in New York: as a business developer for a multi-national corporation, he sells the high-end “Eau des Alpes” brand of bottled water to the fancist restaurants in the city. Raking in commissions by day and notches to his […]

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