(Belgium, 1964) is a highly successful writer of children's books, while also writing essays and novels for adults. She has won many literary prizes and her work has been translated into eighteen languages. After her studies she left for the US where she wrote her first book, which was translated into six languages. Her novel Vallen (1994) was adapted for the screen and translated into eleven languages. In this children's book a mother doesn't mention her father's 'bad' war past to her son. The son however falls under the spell of a neo-Nazi and granddad's history seems to repeat itself. Provoost's novel De Arkvaarders (2001), based on the biblical story of Noah, has been translated into many languages. On the occasion of this book she debated online with among others Toni Morrison and Orhan Pamuk on PEN World Voices in New York, organised by Salman Rushdie, on 'religion and reason'. In 2014 her new novel will be published on the Huguenots who landed at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century.(WU 2014 GR)
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Join the regulars' table. Host Francis Broekhuijsen welcomes writers Anne Provoost and P.F. Thomese. We listen to their favourite music, and talk to them. Don't forget to have your books autographed. In Dutch.
Which texts from world literature has writer Anne Provoost from Belgium cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.
The writer increasingly becomes a brand name with an ever growing media circus surrounding book presentations. The anonymous author has stopped selling. 'Buy me!' the eyes of many a writer at many a talkshow table seem to be screaming. The show has become more important than content. How do you set foot in the land of literature? How pernicious is commercialisation for literature? High time to unravel the new realities of literature with Anne Provoost and P. F. Thomése. Nadia Bouras hosts. Herman Koch opens with a column. In Dutch.