Ivo Victoria

Ivo Victoria (b. 1971) graduated in media studies at the Catholic University of Leuven and now lives and works in Amsterdam. He made his debut in 2009 with How I Never Won the Tour de France for Under Twelves (and regret it), in which the character Ivo Victoria returns chastened to the Antwerp suburb he left twenty years before, where as a child in the 1980s he was known as an incorrigible show off. More than ten thousand copies of that novel were sold in the Netherlands and Belgium. Ivo Victoria has since written stories and columns for various newspapers and magazines, and published a number of short story collections. The tone of his second novel, Gelukkig zijn we machteloos (Fortunately We’re Powerless), is very different from that of his debut. It has been shortlisted for the 2012 Libris Literature Prize.

Fortunately We’re Powerless

Fortunately We’re Powerless

(Ambo Anthos, 2011, 242 pages)

Ivo Victoria’s second novel, Gelukkig zijn we machteloos (Fortunately We’re Powerless, 2011), is set during a family celebration. The pretence of family solidarity that the elderly mother and her three children try to maintain cannot disguise the tensions between them. Then there is the indefinable fear caused by the recent disappearance of several young girls and the mysterious white noise that people keep hearing.

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