The Cloud Pavilion
Original title: Het wolkenpaviljoen
As his marriage comes to an end, an architect comes to a confronting insight: while he builds a home for other families, he has lost his own. Nothing seems to be permanent anymore, his designs already have an expiry date on the drawing board. Not only does he experience the erosion of his craft, but of his soul as well. In order to regain his inspiration, he returns to Japan, to the temples and gardens which shaped him as a young architect. He delves into the rituals of the two-thousand-year-old Ise Jingu Shrine, which is deconstructed and rebuild every twenty years. Against the backdrop of Japanese culture, he reflects on his roots, how the landscape of his youth has influenced the course of his life.
In The Cloud Pavilion, Regnerus paints a vivid image of the fall and the resilience of an architect who tries to build a home for himself and his daughter.
- Longlisted for the 2020 Boekenbon Literature Prize