Author

Robbert Welagen

Robbert Welagen (b. 1981) made his debut at the age of twenty-five with the novella Lipari (Selexyz Debut Prize 2007; Charlotte Köhler Stipendium). In 2008 it was followed by Philippes middagen (Philippe’s Afternoons) and then Verre vrienden (Distant Friends, 2009) and Porta Romana (2011). In The Disappearance of Robbert he seems to have left behind the solitary individual reminiscing nostalgically in a dreamy, hushed atmosphere who typified his earlier work.

Lipari

Lipari

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2006, 92 pages)

Tijdens een van zijn verwoede pogingen de tijd te doden ontmoet de ik-verteller aan een hotelzwembad op een Italiaans eiland het stel Gerard en Chaphine. Gerard is zo’n twintig jaar ouder dan zijn fraai uitgevoerde maîtresse. Hoewel ze meestal samen zijn, hebben ze elkaar weinig te zeggen.

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Porta Romana

Porta Romana

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2011, 160 pages)

Fifty-plus and single, Emilio Lastrucci wakes up in hospital with severe memory loss. What has happened? He has only vague memories of the past. Who can tell him more about himself? His character’s quest leads from Vevey in Switzerland to Rome and Florence and takes him from hotels and lodgings to old houses, friends and one close relative. He also meets an old flame, a woman he lived with for three years. ‘Look at me,’ she whispers. ‘Can’t you see who I am?’

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The Disappearance of Robbert

The Disappearance of Robbert

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2013, 160 pages)

In The Disappearance of Robbert, Welagen plays a witty game, full of self-mockery, with his own life as a writer. The Robbert who disappears is also called Welagen. He’s a twenty-five-year-old writer who, like the author, has written a novel entitled Lipari that won him a prize for the year’s best debut.

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Website

http://www.robbertwelagen.nl/