Chris de Stoop

Chris de Stoop (b. 1958) is a well-known research journalist who writes on sensitive topics with great commitment, empathy and subtlety. His first books dealt with the disappearance of entire villages along the Schelde waterway caused by the ruthless expansion of the harbour facilities at Antwerp. He became famous with Ze zijn zo lief, meneer (‘They Are So Pleasant Sir’, 1993), his documentary book on trafficking in women. In Ze kwamen uit het Oosten (‘They Came from the East’, 2003) De Stoop tells the hair-raising tale of his kidnapping in Albania, and how he risked his life in following an Albanian girl’s journey to Flemish houses of vice.

The Fireworks Master

The Fireworks Master

(De Bezige Bij, 2005, 301 pages)

De Stoop turned to fiction with De vuurwerkmeester (‘The Fireworks Master’) a novel that is well documented and has a strong social background. In it, the fireworks theme serves as metaphor for fifty years of economic and cultural history in Belgium.

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