Ernest van der Kwast / Ernest van der Kwast – The Miracle that Doesn’t Fall Down

Ernest van der Kwast – The Miracle that Doesn’t Fall Down

Ernest van der Kwast – The Miracle that Doesn’t Fall Down

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  • btb Verlag (Germany)


About the book

For five years now, Ernest van der Kwast has been writing stories about people who inspire us to look and listen more closely. From the window-cleaner of the tallest building in the Netherlands, who is three months older when the last pane has been washed at which point he starts again, to a pole dancer in a nightclub, who looks at the author during her act as no woman has ever looked at him before. Ernest van der Kwast has an eye for the beauty of everyday lives and he turns those stories into literature. He introduces the reader to people who are not famous but do fascinate: a taxi driver with Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, a fire-eater who stands up to a tank, a pianist who gives concerts surrounded by secondhand washing machines and vacuum cleaners.

'The city has thousands of hidden stories. You discover them by leaning your bicycle against a tree, climbing over a fence and looking through the keyhole of a dark-green door. I went into a nightclub and let a pole dancer enchant me; I climbed a tower and found a carillonneur playing bells from 1660. I want the reader to get to know people who aren't famous but do cast a spell on us. There's an incredible amount of beauty to be found in everyday lives. I try to make literature out of their stories.'


Ernest van der Kwast (b. 1981) made his breakthrough with the novel Mama Tandoori, which became a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy and sold more than 100,000 copies. In 2012 he published the novella Giovanna’s Navel, which entered the Spiegel bestseller list immediately after publication in Germany (mare Verlag) in spring 2015. The German edition of his novel De IJsmakers (The Ice-Cream Makers) entered the Spiegel bestseller list in spring 2016. The novel recently received the Dioraphte Youth Literature Prize, awarded to the best book for young adults. His most recent book is Het wonder dat niet omvalt (The Miracle that Doesn’t Fall Down).

© Stephan Vanfleteren

Additional book information

  • novel
  • ISBN 9789023498339
  • Number of pages: 203
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 16,99