Kees 't Hart
Writer and critic Kees ’t Hart (b. 1944) made his breakthrough in 1999 with De revue (The Variety Show), the moving tale of a washed-out clerk who revisits the happiest days of his life as part of an Amsterdam variety show. The novel set the tone for a postmodernist author who thrives on seemingly autobiographical works that blend reality and fantasy. ’t Hart once described his characters as ‘rampaging adolescents’ who identify with such disparate figures as Elvis in Land van genade (Land of Mercy, 1989), Pinocchio in De neus van Pinokkio (Pinocchio’s Nose, 1990) and Hitchcock (Hotel Vertigo, 2012).