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Oscar van den Boogaard

Oscar van den Boogaard

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Oscar van den boogaard (b. 1964) grew up in Suriname and the Netherlands. He studied law and French, but after working briefly as a lawyer he chose to become a writer. His work, including Julia’s Delight, Love’s Death and More Than a Lover, has been translated and filmed. In 2018, his novel Child Soldier was published. This modern Buddenbrooks sketches the interwoven history of two aristocratic families through the eyes of their last of kin, who suspects that he is the son of Prince Bernhard. Van den Boogard currently lives between Berlin, Antwerp and Sint Martens Latem, an artists’ village near Ghent.

Recent title – English material

Jachthuis, (The Hunting Lodge), 2020

Kindsoldaat (Child soldier), 2018


This game of fact and fiction fits the literary theme in Van Den Boogaard’s work perfectly: fluent identity. ***** – ELSEVIER

Press on Child Soldier:

‘A magnum opus. Child Soldier has the required magnitude and author at the peak of his powers.’ ***** DE STANDAARD

‘A literary pearl. The best of this writer thus far.’ ***** HET NIEUWSBLAD

‘A Couperus-esque family history written in tight dialogues.’ **** DE LIMBURGER

‘Bursting with marvellous scenes, the sentences are always worth the effort, the discoveries are striking, peculiar and infectious.’ DE GROENE AMSTERDAMMER

‘Marvellously written. A magnificent novel with which he’s placed himself in the echelon of Tommy Wieringa and the great writers of his generation.’ NIEUWSWEEKEND

Press on With Tender Indifference:

A light and cheerful tone that Boogaard strikes tremendously well. – Onno Blom, Radio 1, TROS NIEUWSSHOW

Van den Boogaard distils literature to its essence, to what it’s really all about. – HET PAROOL

One of the most fascinating of Dutch writers. – DIE ZEIT