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H.C. ten Berge

H.C. ten Berge (b. 1938) grew up in Bergen and moved to Amsterdam in the early sixties where he studied Spanish among other subjects. His first published poems were in the 1963 issues of the periodicals Podium and Raster. Ten Berge was the founder and sole editor of the literary magazine Raster (Grid) which ran from 1967-1973 representing the experimental wing of Dutch literature as well as paying a great deal of attention to international literary developments. The magazine was relaunched in 1977 and Ten Berge was again an editor for several years. He taught at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem and lives in Zutphen, the town which figures in many of his the books. Besides volumes of poetry, such as Poolsneeuw (Polar Snow, 1964), Personages (Characters, 1967), Een geval van verbeelding (A Case of Imagination, 1970), De witte sjamaan (The White Shaman, 1973) and Va Banque (1977), Ten Berge has published the short-story volumes Het meisje met de korte vlechten (The Girl with the Short Braids, 1977) and De beren van Churchill (The Bears of Churchill, 1978), and several translations of myths from the oral traditions of the Inuit, North American and Mexican Indians and various Siberian nomadic peoples. Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur (1986), his first novel, was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize and received the Multatuli Prize. In 1996 Ten Berge received the Constantijn Huygens Prize and in 2006 the P.C. Hooft Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Netherlands.

Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur

Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur

(Atlas, 1986, 240 pagina's)

H.C. ten Berge is known as a ‘difficult’ author. However, since the publication in 1986 of his novel Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur he seems to have opted for a greater degree of accessibility, owing to exciting intrigue and lucid style.

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Een Italiaan in Zutphen

Een Italiaan in Zutphen

(Atlas, 1990, 117 pagina's)

Edgar Moortgat from Het geheim van een opgewekt humeur returns in the novella Een Italiaan in Zutphen.This time the character has evolved into the author’s own alter ego. The novella is much simpler in structure than the multi-layered novel but Ten Berge has once again combined historical and mythological motifs with compelling intrigue.

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