Helena Hoogenkamp

Adoring Louis Claus

It is summer 2003 and teenage Carla, unhappy at home, loses herself instead in a relationship with classmate Louis Claus.

She gets pregnant, and they lose touch after she has an abortion. Fifteen years later, Carla has lost her mother and is in a lesbian relationship when one day she runs into Louis Claus, they seek shelter from the rain and end up having sex. Once again, Carla seems to be running away from her problems by focusing on Louis.

Subtle and lyrical, Adoring Louis Claus interweaves the themes of sexuality, loneliness and grief.

Being young, facing adversity, coming of age are the stuff of many literary debuts, but Hoogenkamp’s crackling style and impressive restraint put her head and shoulders above the rest.

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Helena Hoogenkamp

Helena Hoogenkamp (b. 1986) writes prose, poetry and plays. Her plays and poetry have featured at such major festivals such as Lowlands and De Parade. Her work has received the El Hizjra Literature Prize, been nominated for the ITs RO Theater Award and been selected for Women Playwrights…

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Het aanbidden van Louis Claus (2021). Fiction, 216 pages.
Words: 36,881


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