Johan de Boose


Johan de Boose (1962) is a poet, novelist and journalist. With a doctorate in Slavonic Languages and East European Studies, he teaches at several universities and other institutes for higher education. He also produces and presents programmes for Radio 1, Klara and Canvas.

De Boose's first novel, Fluweel van leegte (Kritak, 1994), set the pace for subsequent works of fiction, anthologies of poetry and literary non-fiction relating to Eastern Europe. Since 2003 De Boose has focused exclusively on writing. He has been a recipient of the Henriette Roland Holst Prize and other prestigious accolades. His novel Bloedgetuigen (De Bezige Bij, 2011), about the idealistic downside of the Second World War, was longlisted for the Gouden Boekenuil.

De Boose's melancholy, lyrical style is tinged with irony. His narratives are inspired by his travels; his poems, rhythmic descriptions of a multilayered reality, aspire to reconcile black Romanticism and joie de vivre. His recent work takes a critical look at current developments in Europe, the problems confronting a culturally diverse society and the future of European culture.

The third volume of De Boose's trilogy Het Vloekhout (De Bezige Bij) will be published in 2016, completing a series that began with Gaius and Jevgeni. Through the lives of these three historical figures De Boose examines our responses to catastrophe.

During his residency at Het Lijsternest Johan de Boose will be working on an autobiographical novel and doing research for a play set during the Russian Revolution.


Photo © Koen Broos 


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