Author

Hanna Bervoets

Hanna Bervoets (b. 1984) writes novels, essays, and screenplays. Bervoets won the 2009 Debut of the Year Award for her first novel, Of Hoe Waarom (Or, How, Why). Her second book, Lieve Céline (Dear Céline), was awarded the 2012 Opzij Literature Prize for best book by a female author. She made her breakthrough as novelist with the acclaimed bestseller Alles wat er was (Everything There Was). Her next novel, Efter, was nominated for the BNG New Literature Prize and was long-listed for the Golden Book Owl and the Libris Literature Prize. The film rights for Efter were sold. In January 2017, she was won two literary awards: the BNG Prize for Ivanov and the F. Kellendonk Prize for her novels. Her seventh novel, Fuzzie, will be released in April 2017.

Everything There Was

Everything There Was

(Atlas Contact, 2013, 283 pages)

In the reality TV show Big Brother, people were voluntarily locked up in a house and filmed. This may well have been the inspiration for the new novel by writer and columnist Hanna Bervoets, in which a group of eight people gather in a school building to record a TV programme about science. A brilliant young boy with a talent for maths is being interviewed for the show.

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Ivanov

Ivanov

(Atlas Contact, 2016, 314 pages)

Hanna Bervoets is a young writer with an impressive series of novels to her name, many of which have won literary prizes. She has a penchant for grotesque stories exploring topical themes that appeal to the imagination. Her novel Dear Céline is about a young girl with an unhealthy fascination for Céline Dion, to whom she writes letters; Everything There Was is about the aftermath of a terrorist attack; while Efter is set in a future where love is considered a psychiatric condition that can be treated with medication.

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