Extract from ‘Movo Tapes’

On the corner of Exilstraat two men were rummaging in full rubbish bags. Not fly-by-nights, they were working too systematically for that with their full-length kitchen gloves. Rubbish that had been put out a day too soon. They were mainly interested in the paperwork. Sometimes they studied an envelope and took it to a doorway…

Second Extract from ‘Falling Parents’

Sometimes, when after a period of careless living and casual fasting I felt myself losing weight, I imagined that I had the fragile and languid quality of Thjum himself. I was wrong. I was too broad-shouldered. My sturdy frame got in my way. Nothing seemed more ridiculous than someone with my shoulders in the role…

Writing is Gilding

The Monumental Oeuvre of A.F.Th. van der Heijden When A.F.Th. van der Heijden (Geldrop, 1951) debuted under the pseudonym Patrizio Canaponi with a short story in the literary magazine De Revisor early in 1978, it was immediately clear that this heralded an extraordinary talent. At the time, however, no one could have suspected what a…

Extract from ‘Parents Falling’

Living in breadth … After having lived almost all that time in Nijmegen ‘in length’, I realized once more what it meant. Once more I could picture my accumulated memories as a mountain that was growing bigger at its base: a mountain worn away by erosion. When I closed my eyes, it rose up before…

Artist in Remembering

The Work of A.F.Th. van der Heijden In 1977 a certain Patrizio Canaponi made his literary debut with a collection of short stories, A Gondola in the Herengracht (Een gondel in de Herengracht). The content of the stories and the press releases concerning the author suggested that the book was a thinly disguised autobiography of…