Joost Oomen

The Pear Song

A playful, adventurous celebration of colour, fruit and love

In this fairy tale for adults, Disney World employee Gabriel falls in love with the purple Beet Queen, who was born from a pot of beet soup.

When their protest action against the amusement park fails, the Beet Queen follows her father to New York, where he’s gone off in search of the love of his life, a colleague who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. With highly original, colourful illustrations and a poetic style, The Pear Song is a plea for finding joy in the everyday.

A rollicking riot of a book […] When you start reading, you find yourself falling from one surprise into the next, trying desperately to gain a foothold, in scintillating prose where sound, rhythm and associations turn out to be almost as important as meaning.

NRC Handelsblad

Playful and surreal – Pippi Longstocking with a generous helping of MDMA.

de Volkskrant

Joost Oomen

Joost Oomen (b. 1990) is a poet, writer, performer and theatre-maker. He has published two volumes of poetry and appeared at various literary festivals in the Netherlands. His chapbook, De zon als hij valt (The Sun When It Falls), was published by Wintertuin Uitgeverij in 2016, and comes out in…

lees meer


Het Perenlied (2020). Fiction, 256 pages.
Words: 43,683

Themes: debut



Weteringschans 259
NL - 1017 XJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 760 72 10

[email protected]

lees meer