Mark Schaevers / Mark Schaevers – Organ Man

Mark Schaevers – Organ Man

Mark Schaevers – Organ Man

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  • Galiani (Germany)


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About the book

Organ Man tells of the miraculous rebirth of an artist destroyed by Hitler: Felix Nussbaum. If his life in exile from 1933 onwards was difficult, at the end of the war it was burned to the ground. Like his wife Felka Platek, Nussbaum did not return from the last transport to the East from the Dossin Barracks in Mechelen.

Nothing was left of his paintings or the great fame he enjoyed in Berlin between the wars. And yet half a century later his native city of Osnabrück has built a museum for him and today he is regarded as one of the most important Jewish painters of the twentieth century.

How this wandering organ man managed to find an echo after all is an extraordinary and exciting element of the history of the Low Countries that has waited until now to be told.

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, we can. A big, big bravo! - Vrij Nederland

This book is a “Must read” – for all of those who want to learn about a German painter’s life in a way that’s hardly known in Germany. - Deutschland Radio Kultur


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.

© Marco Mertens

Additional book information

  • biography
  • ISBN 9789023498629
  • Number of pages: 320
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 24,90