Thomas Verbogt

Thomas Verbogt (b. 1952) debuted in 1981 with The Gala Night, a collection of short stories. Since then he has written many novels, plays and story collections. As his body of work has grown, so has his audience. His novel When Winter Is Over was shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize in 2016 and translated into German. Verbogt is most admired for his light, melancholy tone and his cinematic style of narration.

How It All Had to Start

How It All Had to Start

(Nieuw Amsterdam, 2017, 240 pages)

Thomas Verbogt plays a Modiano-like game with the past. Through a description of a photograph and snatches of conversation, he summons a vanished past while sketching the outlines of a future that would never come to pass.

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