Author

Marco Kunst

Marco Kunst (b. 1966), author and philosopher, has previously shown, with his imaginative young-adult novels Wiped (2004) and Isa’s Dream (2008), that he does not shy away from telling great stories in the tradition of Dutch classics by the likes of Tonke Dragt and Paul Biegel. Kunst does not allow himself to be pinned down to one particular genre or style. He surprised his readers last year with Fly!, a beautifully written and touchingly true-to-life novel about a dreamy young boy. That book won a Vlag en Wimpel award, as did his fairy-tale-like The Key Bearer (2012).

Wiped

Wiped

(Lemniscaat, 2004, 375 pages)

Science and technology remain the most important engines of progress. Perhaps technological progress could eventually produce a society like the one described in Marco Kunst’s debut novel Wiped: the ultimate welfare state where poverty, suffering, desire, and hunger for knowledge are completely unknown, in which humanity has achieved a permanent state of emotional bliss, driven and guided by a single computer. A fantasy or a terrifying vision of the world to come? The obvious question is whether a society so lacking in emotion would still be ‘human’. Would it ever be right for mankind to hand over its power and freedom to a single machine? Wiped is Marco Kunst’s response to…

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Isa’s Dream

Isa’s Dream

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2008, 303 pages)

Marco Kunst is one of those rare and remarkable authors who take the genre of fantasy seriously. He demonstrated this in his award-winning science-fiction novel Gewist (Wiped, 2004) and has proved it once again with Isa’s droom, a cleverly constructed fantasy, rip-roaring adventure and sophisticated Bildungsroman, all in one book. Marco Kunst takes an exceptionally original approach and succeeds in the tricky task of creating an authentic fantasy world.

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Fly!

Fly!

(Lemniscaat, 2013, 151 pages)

Marius’ big brother and his short-tem­pered father always call him Mouse. They still see him as a little boy with an over-active imagination. His granddad’s the only one who calls him Marius and who takes all his questions and worries seriously. Marius is about to become a teenager, but he still can’t quite let go of his childhood.

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Kroonsz

Kroonsz

(Lemniscaat, 2014, 342 pages)

It’s one of the oldest themes in literature: how to relate to death and to our own mortality. Writing another meaningful, let alone original, book on the subject is no easy task. However, Marco Kunst’s latest young-adult novel proves that it most certainly can be done.

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