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Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke Annelies Verbeke | © Alex Salinas

Annelies Verbeke was born in 1976 in Dendermonde. She writes novels, short stories, plays and film scripts in Dutch. Her works have received many awards. Her very first novel Slaap! (2003, Schlaf! 2005, Sleep!) was published in 22 countries. This was followed by the novel Vissen redden (2009, Fische retten 2011, Saving Fish), several volumes of short stories, as well as a collection of journalistic stories. Most recently her novel Dertig dagen (2015) (Thirty Days 2016) was published, for which she was awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize for the best novel of the year, as well as the reader prize given by the Dutch newspaper NRC handelsblad.

Annelies Verbeke is a member of PEN in Belgium and lives in Ghent.

Some words about Hausbesuch

Can you give a brief statement about your visit to Genoa?  
"I had a great time in this wonderful maze by the sea, full of hidden treasures, this city of colorful light and dark alleys, of immigrant pasts and present-day newcomers. And I liked the visits the Goethe-Institut planned for me, in three totally different parts, giving me the opportunity to talk to lots of different people."  
  Annelies Verbeke