Kristien Hemmerechts


Kristien Hemmerechts about Haarlem

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Kristien Hemmerechts (Brussels, 1955) iis the author of novels, short stories, travelogues, columns and essays. She made her debut in English with the collection First Fictions, Introduction 9 (1986). In 1987 her first novel Een zuil van zout (A pillar of salt) was published. Since then, she has built up an impressive literary oeuvre, with titles such as Zonder Grenzen (Without Boundaries, 1991), Wit zand (White Sand, 1993), Donderdagmiddag. Halfvier (2002), De vrouw die de honden eten gaf (The woman who fed the dogs, 2014) and the autobiographical essay Taal zonder mij (1997). A recurring theme in her work are imperfect emotional relationships between men and woman, or parents and children. She was awarded the Vlaamse driejaarlijkse Staatsprijs voor proza in 1991 and won the Frans Kellendonk-prize in 1993 for her complete oeuvre. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp. For deBuren, she previously wrote the Radio Book Honey.

For citybooks, Kristien Hemmerechts took up residency in the city of Haarlem in October 2017.


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