Gie Bogaert / Gie Bogaert – Roosevelt

Gie Bogaert – Roosevelt

Gie Bogaert – Roosevelt

About the book

One sweltering summer’s day, several human lives are led to their apotheosis from a famous square in Antwerp. While the sun climbs over the roofs and the day slowly turns around, a Polish prostitute, a lecturer in literature and a tramp wander about, each with a secret. Who is the woman who spends her days counting on the platforms of the central Metropoolplein? How much resentment is there in the young man hiding in a room at the Terminus Hotel? And what is the tram driver longing for when he turns onto the square for the last time?

Every one of their stories is moving, sometimes horrifying and occasionally disconcerting. The city square forms the decor and it alone sees the whole picture. With stylistic ingenuity Gie Bogaert pays refined homage to the power of invention.



An outstanding book. – de Morgen

Uncovering the heart of the city and its inhabitants, Roosevelt is an ode to both Antwerp and to storytelling in its purest sense. – Flanders Today

In Roosevelt Bogaert once again demonstrates his literary power. He is the pointillist who tells small stories in a great way. He manages to capture in beautiful miniatures the tragedies and bright spots in everyday lives. **** – Het Nieuwsblad


Gie Bogaert (b. 1958) is a novelist, a teacher of Dutch and English, and a lecturer on prose at the Writers’ Academy. He has written columns for Radio 1, Radio Klara and the magazine Kunst & Cultuur. He has garnered praise for books including What Harm Do Magicians Do? (1990, ncr nomination), The Love Collector (1998), Sky Faces (2010, Literature Prize of the Antwerp Province) and recently Noora’s Mistake (2013).

© Koen Broos

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023496786
  • Number of pages: 206
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €18,90