Mark Schaevers (b. 1956) works as a journalist for the weekly Humo. He made his debut in 1994 with Atlas and wrote a play and several books about author Hugo Claus, including De Wolken (The Clouds). Uit de geheime laden van Hugo Claus (From the secret drawers of Hugo Claus), based on the writer’s archive. He wrote about exile in an earlier book, Oostende, de zomer van 1936 (Ostend, the Summer of 1936). Orgelman (Organ Man), a biography on the artist Felix Nussbaum who was destroyed by Hitler, was published in 2015 to much acclaim and received the Golden Owl Prize. It will be published this year by Galiani Verlag in Germany.
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Orgelman (Organ Man), 2015
Press on Organ Man
Schaevers manages to get closer and closer to his characters until it almost takes the reader’s breath away. Words fail me. This is a book you will never forget. – Geert Mak, author of books including In Europe, The Bridge and In America
With Organ Man Mark Schaevers has written not just a moving biography of the painter Felix Nussbaum but a masterly portrait of an insane era.– De Tijd
You need to know about Nussbaum’s life to be able to understand his work to the full. Now that we have Organ Man, e can. A big, big bravo! – Vrij Nederland