Author

Bert Keizer

Bert Keizer is a physician and philosopher. His bestselling book about life in a nursing home, Dancing With Mr. D. (1994), has been translated into several languages. After writing a novel, Passing Festivities (1998), and an introduction to the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, he published a translation of letters by Emily Dickinson in 2008. Keizer is a columnist for Trouw and Medisch Contact, and a regular contributor to The Threepenny Review in Berkeley.

Dancing with Mr. D.

Dancing with Mr. D.

Leven en sterven in een verpleeghuis

(SUN, 1994, 314 pages)

This is an extraordinary memoir by a doctor working in a nursing home for the terminally ill. The patients, some young, many old, are described with considerable empathy. They are ordinary people who just happen to be very dying. Some face the prospect with apathy, some deny it, some accept it gracefully while others rage against it.

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Haunted Tissue

Haunted Tissue

(Balans, 2010, 269 pages)

When Bert Keizer was invited to be writer in residence at one of Amsterdam’s university hospitals, he had no hesitation in opting for the neurosurgery department. A philosopher and physician, he has always been fascinated by the question of what happens when one person enters another’s brain, not in the course of a conversation but in the literal sense, breaking and entering during surgery.

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