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Kees 't Hart

(The Hague, NL, 1944) is a writer and poet. Artificiality plays an important role in his work. He takes real life as a starting point for running off into fantasy. His latest novel De Keizer en de astroloog (The Emperor and the Astrologer, 2008) delves into history. Protagonist Simon is an apprentice psychiatrist employed as an astrologer at the court of Emperor William II in Doorn, and ends up entangled in absurd situations. 't Hart's second volume of poetry, Ik weet nu alles (I Now Know Everything) was published in 2008; it combines the banal and the exalted in poems on subjects ranging from football to Goethe and singers Willy and Willeke Alberti. 't Hart studied Dutch language and literature in Amsterdam and has published novels, short-story collections, essays, and poetry. In 2000 he won the Multatuli Prize for his novel The Revue (1999) and the Ida Gerhardt Poetry Prize for Kinderen die leren lezen (Children Learning to Read). Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre) was published this year, about two Dutch theatre professionals trying to stage their show in Italy. The daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad wrote: "Teatro Olimpico is the wittiest novel published in 2014."

(WU 15 GR)

Earlier programs with Kees 't Hart

Writers Unlimited Gemeente Den Haag Fonds 1818 Bibliotheek Den Haag