Frederik Willem Daem


Frederik Willem Daem about Antwerp

Signs of Life – A Topography of Purgatory

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Frederik Willem Daem (Brussels, 1988) studied audio-visual art at various Brussels institutes after which he plunged deeply into the written word. The resulting work has appeared in Das Magazin, Revisor, De Gids, the monograph of visual artist Rinus Van de Velde and Oogst, among others. Of the latter, a magazine about art, literature and film, he is a co-founder and editor. In late summer 2015 he made his debut on the De Bezige Bij imprint with the collection of short stories Zelfs de vogels vallen (Even the Birds Fall). In 2013 he took part in deBuren’s Paris writers’ residency, and the story he wrote there, Voorbij de klif (Beyond the Cliff), was taken up in his debut collection. If you ask him about it, he will swear to you that he writes in the hope of one day reconciling himself with life writ large.

For citybooks Antwerp, Daem dives into daily life in the café De Raaf, a literary location that has appeared before in the work of the Antwerp author J.M.H. Berckmans.