Author

Robbert Welagen

Robbert Welagen (b. 1981) is a Dutch author of nine novels as well as a number of short stories. He lives in the woods outside Zeist. He made his debut in 2006 with the novella Lipari, which earned him the Selexyz Debut Prize. Het verdwijnen van Robbert (The Disappearance of Robbert, 2013) was shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize and the BNG Literature Prize. Antoinette (2019) also received much critical acclaim and is to be published in Japanese with Shueisha and in Spanish with Portaculturas. 2021 saw the publication of his latest novel, Window, Key, which earned rave reviews and went into its fifth print run after just a few months.

Lipari

Lipari

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2006, 92 pages)

Tijdens een van zijn verwoede pogingen de tijd te doden ontmoet de ik-verteller aan een hotelzwembad op een Italiaans eiland het stel Gerard en Chaphine. Gerard is zo’n twintig jaar ouder dan zijn fraai uitgevoerde maîtresse. Hoewel ze meestal samen zijn, hebben ze elkaar weinig te zeggen.

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Porta Romana

Porta Romana

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2011, 160 pages)

Fifty-plus and single, Emilio Lastrucci wakes up in hospital with severe memory loss. What has happened? He has only vague memories of the past. Who can tell him more about himself? His character’s quest leads from Vevey in Switzerland to Rome and Florence and takes him from hotels and lodgings to old houses, friends and one close relative. He also meets an old flame, a woman he lived with for three years. ‘Look at me,’ she whispers. ‘Can’t you see who I am?’

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The Disappearance of Robbert

The Disappearance of Robbert

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2013, 160 pages)

In The Disappearance of Robbert, Welagen plays a witty game, full of self-mockery, with his own life as a writer. The Robbert who disappears is also called Welagen. He’s a twenty-five-year-old writer who, like the author, has written a novel entitled Lipari that won him a prize for the year’s best debut.

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Antoinette

Antoinette

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2019, 111 pages)

The relationship between a man and a woman changes dramatically when their deepest desire to have a child is not fulfilled. This is the drama in Robbert Welagen’s eighth novel. In the languid, summery, nostalgic atmosphere that has become the trademark of his work, a moving love story unfolds.

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Window, Key

Window, Key

(Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2021, 208 pages)

For a female author, life as she has known it comes to an abrupt halt one day when she meets another woman she’s instantly drawn to, but then also loses her boyfriend in an accident for which she blames herself. A novel about attraction and guilt, about grief, life and literature.

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Website

http://www.robbertwelagen.nl/