Extract from ‘The First Stone’

On one of their trips relations between them had become very strained. Hagar had been reluctant to come in the first place and refused to go anywhere off the beaten track. May felt as if she had been put in quarantine and suspected that there was another, modern world out there behind the Biblical facade.…

Writing as an Act of Revolt and Emancipation

The Work of Monika van Paemel Monika van Paemel was born on 4 May 1945, and because of the war she was delivered on her grandmother’s farm in the country village of Poesele in East Flanders, where she also spent her childhood years. It was only later that she was taken from there, against her…

In Search of Self

New Prose Writing in Dutch after 1985 Revisor Prose The wave of innovation which gave rise to the ‘new’ prose of the 1980s first made its appearance in the Netherlands with the publication in 1974 of the literary journal De revisor. The generation of young writers which it brought to the fore — Dirk Ayelt…