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Frank Westerman

Frank Westerman (b. 1964) is the author of The Bridge over the Tara (1994) and Srebrenica: The Blackest Scenario (1997), as well as The Republic of Grain (1999) and Engineers of the Soul (2002), both of which were awarded prestigious prizes in the Netherlands and became bestsell­ers. In 2005 Westerman received the Flemish Golden Owl Award for El Negro and Me (2004), and Ararat (2007) was nominated for the first Ryszard Kapuscinski Prize, Poland’s top award for literary reportage. His subsequent book, Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse (2010), is soon to be made into a film. His work has been translated into sixteen languages.

Ingenieurs van de ziel

Ingenieurs van de ziel

(Atlas, 2002, 288 pagina's)

Engineers of the Soul is the riveting story of how authors were forced to write in service of an ideology, in this case communism as it was practiced in the Soviet Union. Westerman’s sharp pen combines a fine example of investigative journalism with a dash of literary history. In the book’s ingenious construction he continually contrasts the Soviet past with present-day Russia, leading the reader into a maze of mirrors through Absurdistan.

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El Negro en ik

El Negro en ik

(Atlas, 2004, 250 pagina's)

In december 1983, Frank Westerman, a 19-year-old student of tropical agriculture, visited a museum in a small Spanish village and found himself eye to eye with a stuffed black man in a glass display case. It was an experience that would remain with him for ever. Twenty years later, by then a well-known journalist and author, he set out to identify the man known simply as El Negro. The Negro. Who was he? When did he live? Where did he come from?

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Ararat

Ararat

(Atlas, 2007, 284 pagina's)

As so often among Western Europeans, religion had slipped out of Frank Westerman’s life unnoticed - until he became a father and wondered which aspects of his own religious background and upbringing he wanted to pass on to his daughter. Ararat is a piece of highly personal journalism, splendidly combining Westerman’s own questions with the history of religion, political conflict and advances in scientific research.

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De graanrepubliek

De graanrepubliek

(Atlas, 2008, 256 pagina's)

From time immemorial, the Dutch have owed their survival to pushing back the sea. Now, at the end of the twentieth century, the dikes will be pierced and water let in once again. In the grain republic of Groningen where the clay is richest and the best grain harvested, the centuries-old polders will be flooded. The farming community, and with it a thousand-year-old tradition, will have to yield to environmental pressures and recreation.

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Dier, bovendier

Dier, bovendier

(Atlas, 2010, 256 pagina's)

In Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse Frank Westerman explores the great human tragedies of the twentieth century through the story of a horse, the Lipizzaner. The stallion Conversano Primula, the pride of the manager of the dressage stable where Westerman learnt to ride as a boy, marks the start of an astonishing quest through the pure bloodlines of four generations of Viennese ‘school stallions’, to discover what they meant to the world’s most powerful leaders.

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Stikvallei

Stikvallei

(De Bezige Bij, 2013, 250 pagina's)

On 21 August 1986, between nine and ten o’clock in the evening, 1,744 people, 3,952 cows, 82 dogs, 3,404 chickens, 8 cats, 552 goats, 337 sheep, 7 horses and 2 donkeys died in the Nyos Valley in Cameroon. The cause of their deaths remains a mystery to this day. Twenty-five years later, Frank Westerman went in search of stories told about the disaster by scien­tists, missionaries, locals and intellectu­als. Aside from the question of what happened, he wanted to know what people say about it.

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Een woord een woord

Een woord een woord

(De Bezige Bij, 2016, 288 pagina's)

Should you talk to terrorists? Will they see reason? These are basic, important questions. In A Word, A Word, Frank Westerman links his own experiences of hostage situations with the latest ideas as to how best to react to terror. It resulted in a gripping reportage about one of the stickiest problems of our time.

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