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Joubert Pignon

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Joubert Pignon (b. 1978) is a Dutch writer of novels, short stories and journalistic pieces for, among others, De Revisor, De Titaan and Das Magazin. He is also the author of the stage play Waar beren drinken. Pignon is a welcome guest at (literary) festivals such as Lowlands and Crossing Border.

Joubert Pignon debuted in 2012 with Er gebeurde o.a. niets (Atlas Contact), a novel composed of short stories about a young salesman who wants more out of life, someone who wants to get away from himself. The book was nominated for the long list of the Academica Literatuurprijs.

Pignon’s latest book, Huil maar, ik wens je uitstel toe (Atlas Contact, 2015), is also a collection of daring and witty stories. The book gives birth to an image of the protagonist and his world in which reality and fantasy blend.

Pignon’s often tragicomic stories are well-paced and characterized by a sharp use of language and a wry sense of humour. Everyday events lead to surprisingly astute observations, which are combined with a powerful sense of perspective and a disarming lack of pretension.  

In the autumn of 2016 Joubert Pignon will be writer in residence in Brussels for four weeks. During his residency he will finalize his third short-story collection and every day he will write a short piece on Brussels.

 

Read more on the author’s website, where he also keeps a blog. 

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