A Book Full of Longing

Tommy Wieringa and Joe Speedboat Inspector Morse’s first name was Endeavour, but that was kept a secret until the end of the last instalment. Just as embarrassing, especially to its bearer, but also to the narrator of Tommy Wieringa’s novel Joe Speedboat (2005), is Joe Speedboat’s real name: Ratzinger (and this before the present Pope…

Tom Lanoye, Literary Multinational

Story-writer, novelist, playwright, translator, columnist, pamphleteer and performer, Tom Lanoye (1958-) is a versatile and much talked-about author. During the course of his twenty-year career, he has become an authority in various literary disciplines, but he has also shown himself to be a shrewd commentator on social matters that extend far beyond the realms of literature.…

Looking for the Other Self

The Work of Kristien Hemmerechts In a relatively short time Kristien Hemmerechts (1955-) has become one of the most prominent of her generation of authors, a large group who are innovative in different fields. In the second half of the eighties, that group brought a long period of impasse and hesitancy in Flemish literature to…