Ellen van Velzen

Ellen van Velzen (b. 1983) is putting the finishing touches to her doctorate in evolutionary biology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. So she knows how it feels to have a vocation and to devote such close attention for years to something that few people truly appreciate. The Young Kite Flyer is her debut.

The Young Kite Flyer

The Young Kite Flyer

(Lemniscaat, 2013, 223 pages)

The children of the village no longer take the ancient story seriously: that the hundreds of kites flying high above the houses, day in, day out, protect the community from some untold danger. What good are kites? You can’t eat them and they don’t do any work for you.

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