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Hanna Bervoets

Hanna Bervoets - foto R. de Puy
Hanna Bervoets - foto R. de Puy

(Amsterdam, NL, 1984) writes novels, columns, scripts, plays and journalism. Between 2009 and 2015 she wrote a regular column in Volkskrant magazine; these pieces were republished in three volumes. Bervoets was named debutante of the year in 2009 for Of hoe waarom (Or, How, Why). Her second novel from 2011, Lieve Céline (Dear Céline) was filmed and won the Opzij Literature Prize. In the novels Efter, Fuzzie and Ivanov, Bervoets explores how the stories we tell ourselves influence our acts and thoughts, and what happens when those stories change. In Ivanov she mixes the story an early 20th century Moscow scientist with scenes of New York in 1994, where a young woman is obsessed by the latter's experiements. In 2017 she was awarded the Frank Kellendonk Prize.

(WN 2019)

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  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Forever Clips Clips Clips

    Writers Hanna Bervoets and Mark O'Connell and film curator Gerlinda Heywegen presented and commented on video clips, short films and excerpts from games and feature films related to the festival theme 'Who wants to live forever?' You'll see visions of the future, healing elixirs, struggles between life and death, and commercials about staying young and beautiful. Prior to 'Forever clips, clips, clips', Bervoets and O'Connell conversed in the programme 'Man-machine: And Technology created the New Human', in Hall 1 of Theater aan Het Spui, from 21.10 to 22.00h.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Man-Machine: And Technology Created the New Human

    Hanna Bervoets and, from Ireland, Mark O'Connell discussed our "trans-human" future, in part spurred by O'Connell's bestselling To Be a Machine and Bervoets' novel Ivanov. O'Connell gave his book the riveting subtitle Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death. He explores the roots, ethics and future of trans-humanism. This movement wishes to expand the natural borders of human existence with the help of technology; according to others, it is an objectionable philosophy. Bervoets combines tension and ethics in Ivanov, in which the main character gets tangled up in the dubious research of a young scientist. Fiep van Bodegom lead the conversation, with sidekick engineer and innovation philosopher Martijntje Smits.
    Bervoets and O'Connell also appeared in Filmhuis Zaal 1 from 22:30-23:40 in "Forever clips clips clips", a series of excerpts, short films and games addressing the festival theme Who Wants to Live Forever?

  • Meer dan een Monsterboek

    More Than a Monster: Reading Frankenstein with Hanna Bervoets & Martijntje Smits

    With: Damiaan Denys, Hanna Bervoets, Martijntje Smits

    In 1818, Mary Shelley then just 19 years old, wrote a ground-breaking book that has inspired countless Hollywood movies until this day. In many aspects, Frankenstein is both a literary masterpiece as well as a pioneering text in a genre that would only gain a name decades later: science fiction. The book presents a provocative dialogue about how we should deal with the progress of technology, predicting not just the great expectations, but also the profound fears machines inspire. On the night of Friday 14 December, novelist Hanna Bervoets and philosopher and engineer Martijntje Smits shared their fascination for Frankenstein. Why is Shelley's book such a masterpiece, and why is it still highly relevant today? Each read a personal selection from the novel, kicking off a joint discussion that also included the audience. Moderator was psychiatrist, writer and theatre actor Damiaan Denys. (Duch spoken.)

    Event curated by Shervin Nekuee (Writers Unlimited)
    Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    My Secret City

    Can the secrets of a city — a collection of microcosms, a collection of past and layered histories — ever be completely and commonly uncovered? The festival asked seven authors to write about their own "secret" cities. Not the city that they see when they walk out the door and onto the street, but the city that they occasionally and unexpectedly come across. Participants read in their own language, with English and Dutch translations projected simultaneously.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    "The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world," according to Indian writer Vikram Chandra. Hanna Bervoets used the quote as a motto for her novel Efter, in which she investigates the fairy tales we tell ourselves and others to come to grips with our surroundings. Because we do tell one another fairy tales: about how the world appears, but also about how we ourselves appear. On Facebook, Instagram and vlogs we show our best side: photos are Photoshopped or simply "not allowed on timeline." Thus the world is not only a story we tell ourselves about the world, but also a story we tell the world about ourselves. With Hanna Bervoets, Salena Godden and others.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Winternachten lecture: Fiction in Fake Times

    What is real, what is fake? And yet it's the fabrications that can provide insight into the world in which we live. The Anglo-Dutch Michel Faber, who kicks off the evening with the Winternachten Lecture about reality and fantasy, creates a future world in his novels, just like Dutch writer Hanna Bervoets. Czech economist TomᚠSedláček sees parallels between economics and old myths, and Mircea Cărtărescu, also a translator of Bob Dylan lyrics, filled his trilogy about Communist Romania with mythical escapes from reality. Moderator: Lex Bohlmeijer.