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Anna Enquist

The Netherlands

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Anna Enquist (1945) made her debut in 1991 with the poetry collection Soldatenliederen (Soldier Songs). With her first novel Het meesterstuk (The Masterpiece) (1995) and then Het geheim (The Secret) (1997), both of which are psychological novels in which classical music plays a central role, Enquist instantly attracted an impressively large readership. In 2002 she wrote the Boekenweekgeschenk (Dutch book week gift), The Ice Carriers, and in 2005, the epic historical novel The Homecoming, in which the wife of explorer James Cook was the central character. Her 2014 novel Kwartet, (Quartet) is about the members of a string quarter who are held hostage by an escaped criminal. The novel ends in the explosion of the houseboat they are rehearsing on. Enquist’s latest novel Want de avond (Because the Night) (De Arbeiderspers, 2018) continues where Kwartet left off. It is about four people who have all been bereaved and who are each having to come to grips with their grief in their own way. Anna Enquist will be discussing her new novel at the ILFU Book Parade.


“That is Enquist’s power: she can describe the thousands of nuances in the brain that are looking for a way out with empathy for her characters.’ Coen Peppelenbos on Tzum.


“What gives Want de avond its strength is the complete lack of pretension. It is a story about four traumatised people who are all trying to crawl out of their situation in their own way. Another excellent book.” Annelies Omvee in Cutting Edge.