Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen - Adriaan van Dis

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30 Sep '24

Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen - Adriaan van Dis

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Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen - Adriaan van Dis
30 Sep '24
Theater Colleges

Adriaan van Dis makes a significant contribution to Dutch culture and literature through his extensive literary portfolio and diverse television projects. His works are cherished by readers from diverse ages and backgrounds.

Adriaan van Dis has been a prominent figure in the Netherlands for forty years. In 1983, he wrote his first book, Nathan Sid, and that same year, he made his debut on television as the host of Hier is… Adriaan van Dis, which aired for nine consecutive years. He also hosted Zomergasten for VPRO. His acclaimed seven-part television series, Van Dis in Afrika, was awarded the Zilveren Nipkowschijf. For many years, he has been a frequently asked guest on various talk shows.

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Genre Perspective
Language Dutch

Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen


In this theatre lecture Adriaan van Dis seeks to connect Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen with De kolonie mept terug. These two books offer different perspectives on the past: one presented as a novel and the other as a personal essay. Van Dis candidly and humorously dissects the ideas he was raised with. How do we perceive women's roles and our colonial past nowadays? The world order is currently shifting and what does that have to do with European history?
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How do we maintain mental flexibility for the future? These questions are addressed in a playful yet serious manner during the theatre lecture.

No one knows precisely what will be discussed; every theatre lecture is unique. After the event, there will be a meet & greet session with Adriaan van Dis.

About Adriaan van Dis


Adriaan van Dis has written twenty-five books. In the early nineties, he wrote a series of travel novels, including Het beloofde land and In Afrika. These were followed by highly successful novels such as Indische duinen, Dubbelliefde, Familieziek, De wandelaar, Leeftocht and Tikkop. In late November 2011, he published Stadsliefde, which centers around the city of Paris. In addition, he wrote De Zuid-Afrikaboeken, In het buitengebied, KliFi, the Parijsboeken, and Vijf vrolijke verhalen. His books have achieved exceptional success, with ten printings being the norm and twenty-five printings not being uncommon. The books have been translated into numerous languages.

In 2015, he won the Libris Literatuurprijs with his novel Ik kom terug. That same year, he was awarded the Constantijn Huygensprijs for his entire body of work. In May 2022, he was appointed an honorary doctor at the Faculty of Arts of Radboud University Nijmegen.
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His work is autobiographical, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely true to life. As he puts it himself: “Everything is true, except for what I've made up.”

Every other Saturday, a new episode of his podcast, Van Dis Ongefilterd is released.

In the fall of 2023, his latest novel Naar zachtheid en een warm omhelzen was released, quickly becoming another bestseller. Then, in early 2024, his essay De kolonie mept terug, based on Rudy Kousbroek’s lecture, was published.

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