Rogi Wieg

Rogi Wieg (1962-2015), the son of Hungarians who fled to Holland in 1956, published his first book, the collection of poetry Toverdraad van dagverblijf (The Magic of Passing Days, 1986), at the age of twenty-four. The book was noticed because of its romantic tone and the use of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet. Wieg then published three further collections of poetry: De zee heeft geen manieren (The Sea Has No Manners, 1988); Sneeuwvlok (Snowflake, 1992), and put together an anthology of the work of young Flemish and Dutch poets. In 1992 he made his debut as a novelist with Beminde onrust (Beloved Unrest), followed the same year by Sinds gisteren zijn twee dagen verstreken (Since Yesterday Two Days Have Passed) and De moederminnaar (The Mother Lover). Wieg received the Van der Hoogt Prize for his first collection of poetry and the Charlotte Köhler Grant for his second.

The Mother Lover

(G.A. van Oorschot, 1992, 130 pages)

An approximately forty year old man who’s checked himself into a psychiatric clinic is discharged again after five days. Not because he’s not disturbed but because he was able to fairly clearly put his problems down on paper for the medical superintendent. In the latter’s personal notes (with which the book ends) the conclusion is that ‘this Oedipus can look after himself’, even if the patient disagrees.

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