Extracts from ‘The Office’

‘I’ve been invited to a conference,’ he told her after they’d sat down to eat. ‘Again?’ she asked. ‘What do you mean — again?’ Her reaction irritated him. ‘I hardly ever get invited to conferences.’ ‘But you’ve just been to one!’ She sounded indignant. ‘All you ever do these days is go to conferences! You’re…

From Writer at his Own Expense to Public Phenomenon

On the Work of J.J. Voskuil It was front-page news on 26 May 1998. ‘J.J. Voskuil wins Libris Prize’ read the headline in the NRC Handelsblad, a much respected Dutch newspaper. The writer J.J. Voskuil had been named as winner of an important literary prize sponsored by a Dutch bookstore chain. A photo shows the…