Author

Hans den Hartog Jager

Hans den Hartog Jager (1968) writes for the NRC Handelsblad national daily newspaper, in which he published articles on Menno ter Braak, Gerhard Richter, and Lucian Freud. In 2003, he published The Essential Van Gogh, a short monograph on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh. The author is currently working on a book on Dutch painting, which will appear in the course of 2004, and on a new novel. Becoming God has been nominated for the Debutantenprijs 2003 – award for the best debut.

Becoming God

Becoming God

(De Bezige Bij, 2003, 363 pages)

With Becoming God, Hans den Hartog Jager has written a first novel that reads like an exciting detective novel. It is not a normal detective novel, however, but a book with the allure and virtuosity of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy. It is a search for the genesis of images and significance, and an exploration of the way they persistently elude us. The structure is that of the classic detective novel, with the reporting of a disappearance.

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