Ted van Lieshout

Ze gaan er met je neus vandoor

The letters have been side-lined. The poet has written only one poem: an allegory, about a snowman who is robbed of his nose by an attractive rabbit. And then: nothing. ‘We’re all ready for a new poetry collection. Come on, poet!’ But he has a broken heart, and so the unemployed letters decide to do it themselves.

This book by Ted van Lieshout is not a collection of separate poems, but a conceptual work of art with one storyline running through it, which culminates in a typographical war – because the letters’ attempt to make poetry results in conflict. The red letters, who were supposed to bring reconciliation, stage a hostile takeover of the book.

This is a hilarious and – when the war breaks out and sentences, words and letters fly over the page – visually stunning book. At first it appears to be about algorithms taking over the work of humans, but it later develops into a completely original, humorous and sensitive story about writer’s block and about the First World War.

A magnificent meta-fictional game, in which Van Lieshout playfully and effectively demonstrates how every text is a linguistic construction, with our imagination as its unshakable foundation.

NRC Handelsblad

A book that is neither a children’s book nor purely poetry, but a brilliant artistic and literary depiction of a battle, also an inner one.

Het Parool

Ted van Lieshout

Ted van Lieshout (b. 1955) is a poet, writer and artist for children and adults. He studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and worked as a designer before moving on to writing and illustrating children’s books. Van Lieshout is always looking for new styles and techniques in both words and…

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Ze gaan er met je neus vandoor (2018). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 88 pagina's.

Age: 10+



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