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Sanne Terlouw

Sanne Terlouw
Sanne Terlouw

(Utrecht, NL, 1959) is a Dutch specialist, writer, and publicist. As a child she inspired her father, the D66 Party politician Jan Terlouw, to write novels. Oorlogswinter (Winter of War), for example, came about as a result of her questions about WWII. For three decades father and daughter had wanted to co-write a detective novel, a plan that came to fruition in 2005: the result is the hit series about the investigative duo Reders and Reders. Meanwhile, Sanne Terlouw had already published books under the pen name Ike Smitswater, such as Het graf in de tuin en andere verhalen (The Grave in the Garden and Other Stories, 1992) and Het raadsel van de familie Liezekies (The Mystery of the Liezekies Family, 1993). In 2000, she won the Libelle Novel Prize for Het strijkkwartet (The String Quartet). She has more than 60 titles to her name, both non-fiction (mainly focused on health and nutrition) and fiction. Father and daughter's latest novel In huis met een seriemordenaar (At Home with a Serial Killer) will be published in early 2015, based on the family's experiences with the infamous Van Z in the late 1960s.

(WU 15 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2015

    Wim Brands Reading Club: Falling Out of Time, by David Grossman

    With: Sanne Terlouw, Toef Jaeger, Wim Brands

    Wim Brands, maker and host of the VPRO Boeken (Books) programme on radio and television, discusses festival guest David Grossman's novel Falling Out of time (2012) with the audience. But first, Dutch writers Sanne Terlouw and Toef Jaeger present their thoughts about the book.

    Five years after the death of his son killed in war, Israeli writer David Grossman succeeds in the nearly impossible undertaking of writing about this loss in Falling Out of Time. The book's protagonist goes "there" to see his dead son. Along the way he is joined by fathers and mothers who can find no peace after the death of their child. In a long procession they pass by the Centaur, who has tried for years to put his grief about the death of his son into words. Writing, he says, is the only way to understand something. Finally he manages to find the right words, but at a high price: by finishing his memorial he has permanently lost his son.

    Afterwards, you can attend the programme in which David Grossman is interviewed by Lex Bohlmeijer.