Remco Campert / Remco Campert – Life Is Grrrreat

Remco Campert – Life Is Grrrreat

Remco Campert – Life Is Grrrreat

About the book

Campert’s debut novel, Life is Grrreat, was originally published in 1961. Its theme, the failure, ultimately, of love’s ideal, is expressed in an airy manner, its melancholy filtering through irony and word-play. Two friends, Mees and Boeli, come upon a sixteen-year-old girl called Panda. Marijuana (‘Marry-you-Anna’) is smoked, free love is in its heyday and there is much aimless  and  carefree  sauntering through  the  park.

No one has managed so well as Remco Campert to capture in words the light-hearted and joyful. The novel was an instant success and developed into a classic. This year the film version was released by Sigma Films, with Frans Weisz directing.

‘An outstanding and supremely agreeable book, that you read with uninterrupted enjoyment.’ PIERRE H. DUBOIS, AUTHOR

‘Subtly written and constructed, faultless in its atmosphere and descriptions, right on the mark in its sometimes overwhelming humour.’ HET PAROOL

‘Campert writes with a nimble irony that is rarely matched in the Netherlands.’ TROUW

‘Subtle...magnificent sentences.’ NRC HANDELSBLAD

‘So seemingly heedless, striking and enthralling—that is Campert’s unique art.’ VRIJ NEDERLAND


Remco Campert (b. 1929) is a poet, novelist and former columnist. For his poetry he has won numerous awards including the Jan Campert Prize, the P.C. Hooft Prize and the Gouden Ganzenveer. In 2015 he was honoured with the prestigious Dutch Literature Prize.

(c) Cleo Campert

Additional Book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403117409
  • Number of pages: 160
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 10,00