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The author of the book: Renate Dorrestein
Date of issue: 1997
ISBN 13: 9789074336321
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Casper en Xandra Olson laten niets aan het toeval over. Hun eerste kind zal een jongen zijn, dat heeft de genderkliniek gegarandeerd. Daarna een meisje, zo is hun plan, en dan nieuwe borsten voor Xandra en voor de kids later een labrador.
Ook Caspers grootvader, de beroemde schilder Job Olson, is heer en meester over zijn lijf en leden en zijn lot, totdat hij kort na zijn huwelijk met de veertig jaar jongere Felicity wordt getroffen door een beschamende kwaal. Job wordt er zo door in beslag genomen dat zijn werk erbij dreigt in te schieten. Zijn kreupele dochter Maria, zijn levenslange model, vreest dat al zijn schilderijen in hun lijst zullen vervagen als Job de draad niet weet op te pakken.
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Renate Dorrestein was born in Amsterdam on January 25, 1954, and raised in a Roman Catholic family. Her father was a lawyer, her mother a teacher and housewife. Renate began to write when she was in elementary school. Upon graduating in 1972 she opted not to go to college, going to work instead as a reporter for the Dutch news magazine Panorama, a job that took her all around the world. She left the magazine in 1977 to work for a number of other national publications. This was at the height of the second wave of feminism in The Netherlands; Dorrestein was determined to shake up the world with her provocative columns and articles. In 1986 she was a founder of the Anna Bijns Foundation, which awards a biennial prize for “the female voice in literature.”
Her younger sister’s suicide in 1981 had a huge impact on her life and on her writing, as did her ten-year struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Even though she first made a name for herself as a journalist, Renate Dorrestein had always wanted to write fiction. After years of having no luck getting her books published, in 1983 a publishing house finally discovered her and accepted her first novel, Buitenstaanders (Outsiders), for publication. The book became a bestseller, and established Dorrestein as a writer to watch.
Dorrestein does not shy away from tackling controversial social issues in her novels, which has put her work in a class of its own. It has also meant a steadily growing readership and fan base, and longer and longer stints at the top of the bestseller lists.
Abroad, too, Dorrestein is popular. The novel A Heart of Stone attracted great interest internationally; the book’s translation rights were sold in a dozen countries. Her other books continue to be sold abroad in great numbers as well.
In her 2000 non-fiction book Het geheim van de schrijver (The secret of the writer) she offered fans and novice writers her tips on shaping a book, based on her experience as a writing instructor. She spent the year 1986-1987 as Writer in Residence at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA) and has been giving master classes at European and American universities ever since.
Styles and themes
The writer Hella S. Haasse has pointed out that Dorrestein’s novels exhibit many characteristics of the gothic, or “female gothic” novel — a genre which arose in England in the eighteenth century when many women chafed at their role in society, but weren’t able to express it openly. Dorrestein is the first Dutch author whose work can be said to fall into this category, albeit with a modern twist. Her work features the hallmarks and themes of the gothic novel, such as repressed memory, family secrets, ghostly apparitions and bloodcurdling violence (or at least intimations thereof). Her stories often take place in isolated settings, which, though seemingly safe havens that should provide comfort and solace, are suffused with a stifling sense of dread. Deception and reality often bleed into each other seamlessly.
Furthermore, Dorrestein is able to show us more clearly than anyone else that “evil” usually lives close to home, even under apparently ordinary and familiar circumstances. The balance of power within the family and the ways in which children are helplessly dependent on their parents are favourite themes. There aren’t many authors who can put themselves in a child’s shoes the way Dorrestein can, or who write about it with such startlingly truthful resonance. Finally, guilt (either deserved or misplaced) is a frequent theme in Dorrestein’s work. Her flawed but endearing characters consider themselves responsible for certain catastrophic events, and this threatens to push them over the edge. “It’s either eat or get eaten,” declare the sisters Ange and Irthe in the novel Het Hemelse Gerecht (The Heavenly Repast), and that truism is seldom far from the heart of her stories.
Although her subject matter is almost always disturbing, Renate Dor
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