Stefan Hertmans / Stefan Hertmans – Antigone in Molenbeek

Stefan Hertmans – Antigone in Molenbeek

Stefan Hertmans – Antigone in Molenbeek

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About the book

Antigone in Molenbeek is the highly charged account of a young woman who goes in search of her dead brother. She wants most of all to be able to bury him, but that proves impossible.

We still don’t know for sure where your brother…
Enfin, where your brother’s remains…enfin, I mean: we still don’t know whether the material will actually be released.

The MATERIAL…sir?!
But sir, it’s now taken weeks that I…

Quiet Nouria, quiet, just let me, er, have –my say.
Ahem. Smoker’s cough. A sip of coffee.
Like some water, Nouria?

No sir, tell me, where is he… where is my brother?

Drawing upon the famous tragedy of Sophocles, Stefan Hertmans has written an extremely topical, haunting and poetic book.

Press on previous work:

Not since reading W.G. Sebald’s “The Rings of Saturn” have I been so taken with a demonstration of the storytelling confluence of fiction and nonfiction. I say “confluence” because Stefan Hertmans, like Sebald, is interested in the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together…a masterly book about memory, art, love and war…In a world of novels with overdetermined, linear plotlines – their chapters like so many boxcars on a freight train – War and Turpentine delivers a blast of narrative fresh air. – Dominic Smith, New York Times

'The Convert' is a crucial book that will stir hearts and minds. […] Once again a testament to his outstanding authorship. **** – de Standaard

A European masterpiece of a calibre you no longer thought possible. – Jens Christian Grøndahl, author


Stefan Hertmans (b. 1951) is the author of novels, story collections, essays and poetry. His
work has won him many awards, including the Multatuli Prize, the F. Bordewijk Prize, the AKO
Literature Prize and the E. du Perron Prize. His novel War and Turpentine was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. War and Turpentine sold 250,000 copies and has been published in twenty-four languages. His most recent novel, The Convert, which garnered praise from all sides, was published in 2016.

© Michiel Hendryckx

Additional book information

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9789023463481
  • Number of pages: 88
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 7,99
  • French and German translations available