Writer in Residence Programme 2015
DBC Pierre as WiR in Amsterdam
1 Feb-14 March 2015
In February & March Australian writer DBC Pierre will live and work in Amsterdam as a writer in residence at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
DBC Pierre, born Peter Finlay (Adelaide, 1962), grew up in Australia and lived in Mexico, Texas and England before moving to Ireland, where he now resides. His first novel, Vernon God Little earned him international acclaim. When he won the Man Booker Prize in 2003, the international press could not stop writing about his tumultuous past of drug use and supposed fraud. His second novel, Ludmila’s Broken English was published in 2006, and was followed by Lights Out in Wonderland in 2010.
His work has been published in over 43 countries. The Dutch translations of his novels are published by Podium; in March his latest novel Breakfast with the Borgias will be available in Dutch translation (by Martine Vosmaer and Karina van Santen) in bookstores in the Netherlands.
Reviews described the novel as “a ghost story, a crime mystery, an extended debate on the incompatibility of the classical and quantum worlds of physics, and a commentary on our obsession with, and dependence on, modern technology”. Ironically, the main character, Ariel Panek, a promising young academic arrives in the story by not arriving in Amsterdam. En route from the USA to an important convention in Amsterdam, his plane is grounded by fog at Stanstead. Panek is booked in for the night at a guesthouse on the Essex coast. Outside, it’s dark, and very foggy. Inside there’s no phone or internet reception, no connection with the outside world. Discombobulated and jetlagged, he falls in with a family who appear to be commemorating an event.
During his residency, DBC Pierre will open the LOGOS festival in De Balie in Amsterdam on March 4th, 2015. Further appearances are to be expected, among others, at the Literary Nightclub on March the 12th in Utrecht.
Why I Love This Book-video with DBC Pierre on Breakfast with the Borgias: