Koen Peeters / Koen Peeters – The People Healer

Koen Peeters – The People Healer

Koen Peeters – The People Healer

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  • Perseus (Bulgaria)
  • Osburg Verlag (Germany)

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About the book

The young Remi, predestined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a farmer, is pursued by irrepressible dreams and voices. His uncle whispers strange, fiercely moving stories to him about the war, about a ghost and about a black soldier. When Remi announces that he has a vocation and is to enter a strict order of monks, no one can understand him. In the monastery his personality is redrawn: he meditates and studies doggedly, estranging still more of his family and searching for quiet within himself. But the daemon inside will not be silenced.

The old stories push Remi to the heart of Africa. He chases ever further until he meets the nganga, a healer, in Kwango who helps him get to know his daemon.

The People Healer won the prestigious ECI Literature Prize in 2017.

Press on The People Healer:

In a style that’s crystal clear, without a single hint of woolly language, Peeters performs literary magic in The People Healer. ***** - de Volkskrant

Press on A Thousand Hills:

An informative book, which tells us as much about ourselves as about Rwanda. **** - Knack

Press on Great European Novel:

A revelation. Reading a story like this makes you happy. - Corriere Della Serra


Koen Peeters (b. 1959) is the author of a rich, award-winning oeuvre. The postman won him the NCR prize; Great European Novel was shortlisted for the Libris literature prize and translated into various languages. His novel The flowers won him the F. Bordewijk prize in 2010. His latest novel, A Thousand Hills, won the E. du Perron prize in 2013.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789023452362
  • Number of pages: 240
  • World Rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 19,99