review THE HIRED MAN


Let us go to the small town of Gost, set in the small country of Croatia. This town and its dwindling population have weathered the civil war raging Yugoslavia or what is left of it. Many people have lost their life or have moved to the coast where tourism is on its way back. The … Continue reading review THE HIRED MAN

review TIKKOP


Tik is the name given to a certain drug (chrystal meth) in South Africa.Tikkop is the name of a user or addict, who uses Tik. The Dutch writer Adriaan van Dis (1946) has a long history with South Africa. During his study Dutch language, he spent a year (1973/4) at Stellenbosch University. He wrote books … Continue reading review TIKKOP

review WAITING FOR AN ANGEL


Every established writer has made his first steps on the literary scene.His first publication.His first review.With this book we go back into time. To the beginnings of the Nigerian writer Helon Habila (1967). In 2001 he won the Caine Prize for African Literature with the short story ‘Love Poems’, in which he describes the life … Continue reading review WAITING FOR AN ANGEL

review VINEXVROUWEN


The writer of this novel was born in 1974 in Meknes, a town in Morocco. Four years later her family moved to The Netherlands, following in the footsteps of her father who had preceded the others in his family. He had obtained a job, so now the others could move as well to this small … Continue reading review VINEXVROUWEN

review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT


It took the lawyer and writer 20 years to write this book.It took her 10 years of historical research in libraries.It took her 350 pages to write it down. It brought me a fascinating read. I have read books about David Livingstone, the Scotchman who travelled through southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Who wrote … Continue reading review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

review 2084 – LA FIN DU MONDE


Forget about 1984?Forget about George Orwell? Read 2084!Remember Boualem Sansal! Do you want to know what can happen later on in this century? Maybe during your lifetime? Or just a few years after your death? Read this fascinating novel by the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal. Let us travel to Abistan. In this country people serve … Continue reading review 2084 – LA FIN DU MONDE