Jesse Ball writer in residence in Amsterdam

24 Jan-24 February

From the end of January, the American writer Jesse Ball will be living and working for a month in our writers residency in Amsterdam at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Jesse Ball (1978) is a writer and illustrator and works as a creative writing teacher at the renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he says he teaches "lying and lucid dreams". In the Netherlands, Ball made is breakthrough with the publication of the Dutch translation of his fourth novel, Silence Once Begun (Atlas Contact, 2015). Ball's oeuvre has been compared to the work of Kafka, Murakami, Borges and Calvino, but is regarded by most critics as entirely unique. He has been named by Granta as one of the best young American writers of the moment. Census, which was published in 2018, was in the United States on more than thirty top lists.

At the end of January, just before his arrival in Amsterdam, his new, fascinating novel The Divers' Game will be published by Querido in a Dutch translation by Jan Willem Reitsma. In this new book, Ball describes a society that uncomfortably resembles ours, but where equality and justice are considered outdated concepts.

Cover image The Divers' Game and portrait Jesse Ball (photo by James Foster)

Photo Jesse Ball: James Foster