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Matthijs de Ridder

Matthijs de Ridder

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Matthijs de Ridder (1979) is a writer and critic. He edited the work of Louis Paul Boon, Paul van Ostaijen and Gaston Bursens. He also wrote the acclaimed works To Borms: Willem Elsschot, a political writer (2007), Rebellious Rhythms: How Jazz and Literature Found One Another (2012) and Maintain the Desire: A Literary History 1984-2014 (2014).


Recent title – English material

De eeuw van Charlie Chaplin (The Age of Charlie Chaplin), 2017

Press on The Age of Charlie Chaplin:

Matthijs de Ridder takes the place of Chaplin’s camera and in doing so bridges his personal story with the larger, collective history. Masterfully written and documented. A immense pleasure to read. - PHILIPP BLOM, AUTHOR

Charlie Chaplin constantly laid connections to the political world in his comedies. Matthijs de Ridder exposes the wickerwork. **** - DE STANDAARD

De Ridder pushes the reader into the cinema with determination and explains image after image how the films expressed their maker’s ideas and intentions with the utmost care. A fascinating tale. A revelation. - DE MORGEN