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Sacha Bronwasser

Sacha Bronwasser - foto Bert Wisse
Sacha Bronwasser - foto Bert Wisse

(The Netherlands) is variously a writer, speaker, art historian and curator, but writing usually tops the list. Her debut novel Niets is gelogen (Nothing is a Lie, 2019) was followed by Luister (Listen, 2023), an ingenously written and compelling novel set in the 1980s and now. A critic wrote: "Bronwasser brings Paris to life in this strong novel about an au pair. She ratchets up the tension smoothly and aptly." Art is an important theme in her work. Since 1998 she has been a freelance art critic for the Dutch national daily De Volkskrant, and she continues to write and speak about art for various media and clients. She is involved in various cultural projects as a founder, advisor and curator.


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  • Writers Unlimited 2024 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    The Voice - In search of the character's soul

    We gave extra attention to the human voice during this festival edition with the theme "Human Voices". We asked Connie Palmen to write a new essay for The Voice - in search of the character's soul and to open Saturday Night Unlimited with it.

    In her keynote speech, Palmen spoke about how an author gives voice to characters. The voice is the meeting point between body and soul, where interior and exterior meet. A novel begins to come alive through the voice of the character.

    This theme was the subject of the following discussion between Palmen, Celeste Ng and Sacha Bronwasser, who published the novel Luister (Listen) in 2023. Writer and journalist Sarah Sluimer moderated.

    Connie Palmen is the author of essays, stories, a novella, and her six great, award-winning novels, including I.M. and Jij zegt het (If You Say So). Recently she published Voornamelijk vrouwen (Mostly Women), a collection of personal essays about how eleven famous and headstrong women and one man give shape to their own lives.

    Sacha Bronwasser is a writer and art historian. For twenty years, she was the fine art critic for the Volkskrant newspaper. Her debut novel Niets is gelogen (Nothing is a Lie, 2019) was followed in 2023 by Luister (Listen), an ingeniously written and riveting novel set in the eighties nad now.

    Celeste Ng (USA), internationally one of the most-read authors with Asian roots, wrote three true page-turners. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You (2014), is a sensitive portrait of a family with several cultures. An even bigger bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere, was turned into a film with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Her third novel, Our Missing Hearts (2022), takes on the love between mother and child, discrimination of people with Asian roots, and humanity in dark times.

    Festival tip: Celeste Ng also appeared during Friday Night Unlimited (19 January 2024). Connie Palmen appeared on Saturday afternoon, 20 January 2024 in conversation with artist Sven Ratzke in the event You Do Something to Me about their collaboration on his new show Marlene, from which he performed several famous Dietrich songs.

  • Writers Unlimited 2024 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Picture This -- Words Versus Images -- with Sacha Bronwasser and Emilienne Malfatto

    Sacha Bronwasser is an art historian as well as a writer. Emilienne Malfatto is a war photographer besides a writer. In both of their work, the language of the image plays an important role. What can you express in pictures that you cannot express in words? And conversely, what can you say with language as a writer that you cannot express via photos or fine art? Margot Dijkgraaf moderated this discussion, illustrated with images chosen by the writers, and with presentations of excerpts from their novels.