Koen Peeters / Koen Peeters – A Room in Ostend

Koen Peeters – A Room in Ostend

Koen Peeters – A Room in Ostend


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About the book

Nominated for the Bookspot Prize

A writer and a painter. For years they have met one another in Ostend, where they both once found the love of their lives. They walk through the City, with her reckless talent for tourism, famous artists and the silver North Sea. They meet one another in hotels, stroll, get lost among the city’s inhabitants. They linger in the company of fishermen, Congolese immigrants, tragic architects, writers, painters and women.

The writer and the painter are curious, sometimes intrusive, but never rude. In rare, precious, melancholic moments during their encounters they discover how to see through the other’s eyes. Even deep into the past.

‘The compositional ingenuity with which this book was assembled is stunning.’ - **** de Morgen

‘A great wealth of always wonderfully worded stories about human experience, the inevitability of growing older and giving way to new generations.’ - Tzum

‘In his new novel Room in Ostend Koen Peeters goes in search of a lost time and he highlights the magic of encounters. He shares that magic with us, wandering through the city. […] Room in Ostend has coloured my vision. Warped it. Deepened it. Everywhere in the city the book glints like late afternoon sunlight on water.’ - de Standaard


Koen Peeters (b. 1959) is the author of a rich, award-winning oeuvre. His novel The Postman won the NCR Prize while Great European Novel was shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize and translated into various languages. In 2010, The Flowers won the F. Bordewijk Prize, and A Thousand Hills won the E. du Perron prize in 2013. His previous novel The People Healer won the Confituur Booksellers prize, the ECI Literature Prize and the ECI Readers Prize.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403160504
  • Number of pages: 240
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €23,99
  • English sample available