Author

Wytske Versteeg

Wytske Versteeg (1983) is a political scientist. In the spring of 2012 she made a successful debut as a novelist with De Wezenlozen (Weightless), which was nominated for the Opzij Literature Prize 2013 and long-listed for the AKO Literature Prize. In 2008 she published the non-fiction book Dit is geen dakloze (This Is Not a Homeless Person) based on her experiences as a volunteer, mixing philosophical literature with journalistic observations and personal accounts of homelessness. The book was nominated for the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize. In 2014, her second novel Boy was awarded the BNG Literature Prize.

Boy

Boy

(Prometheus, 2013, 189 pages)

Boy grows up as the only child of his adoptive parents. Chubby and dark-skinned, he is ruthlessly bullied at school, but at home he says nothing about what he is going through, only that he has pains in his stomach. After a class outing to the beach, he does not return. His lifeless body is later discovered washed up on the sand.

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