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Oek de Jong

Oek de Jong (b. 1952) made his debut with a collection of short stories, De hemelvaart van Massimo (Massimo’s Ascension, 1976), for which he was given the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize for young writers. He enjoyed his real breakthrough in 1979 with the novel Opwaaiende zomerjurken (Billowing Summer Skirts), which was an enormous success. His second novel, Cirkel in het gras (Circle in the Grass, 1985), was also very well received. De Jong went on to publish the novella De inktvis (The Octopus, 1993), a collection of essays entitled Een man die in de toekomst springt (A Man Leaping Into the Future, 1997) and the novel Hokwerda’s kind (Hokwerda’s Child, 2002). In 2012 he published his 800-page opus magnum, Pier en oceaan, which was awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize and the Gouden Uil. De Jong’s books have been translated into nine languages and sold over 500.000 copies in total. His most recent publication is an essay on the state of the novel, What Only the Novel Can Say (2013).

Opwaaiende zomerjurken

Opwaaiende zomerjurken

(Augustus, 1979, 271 pagina's)

In the first part of Billowing Summer Frocks we are introduced to eight-year-old Edo Mesch during a languid summer in rural Zeeland. He clings to his mother, but he also torments her. His squint keeps him indoors and away from his friends. Angry and proud, he spends his days sailing the imaginary seas with the aid of a rake.

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Cirkel in het gras

Cirkel in het gras

(J.M. Meulenhoff, 1985, 432 pagina's)

Oek de Jong’s prime preoccupation, the desire for a harmonious life – whether or not through art – is repeated in this novel set in Italy in the late seventies, gripped by the horror of the kidnap and murder of the politician Aldo Moro. One of its ideas is that whoever strives for a Buddhist approach to life must recognize that good and evil are two sides of the same coin: the Red Brigade on the one side and their capitalist victim on the other.

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Een man die in de toekomst springt

Een man die in de toekomst springt

(Augustus, 1997, 222 pagina's)

In de reisverhalen en essays van Een man die in de toekomst springt zoekt Oek de Jong de confrontatie met beelden en ideeën van het verleden - om zijn positie in het heden te bepalen.

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Hokwerda's kind

Hokwerda's kind

(Augustus, 2002, 444 pagina's)

In the late 1970s, Oek de Jong’s debut, Opwaaiende zomerjurken (Billowing Summer Dresses), became a genuine cult book for a whole generation of students. It was followed by the beautiful ‘Roman’ novel Cirkel in het gras (Circle in the Grass), after which silence reigned. The announced publication of De Jong’s third novel, Hokwerda’s kind, mesmerised the literary world. And rightly so: he has issued a brilliant psychological novel that, at one stroke, has placed him among the foremost Dutch authors.

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Pier en oceaan

Pier en oceaan

(Augustus, 2013, 804 pagina's)

In Pier en oceaan vertelt Oek de Jong het verhaal van Dina Houttuyn en haar zoon Abel Roorda. Hij laat zien dat een mens al voor zijn ontstaan een geschiedenis heeft en sterk wordt beïnvloed door het leven van ouders en voorouders.

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