Sytske van Koeveringe / Sytske van Koeveringe – Day Night Still Light

Sytske van Koeveringe – Day Night Still Light

Sytske van Koeveringe – Day Night Still Light

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About the book

For years, Systke Frederika van Koeveringe had maintained a logbook of laughter, endlessly fascinated with the phenomenon. What is laughter? When she heard the serious news about a tumour inside her breast, she automatically returned to her ‘laughter archive’, and saw that laughter presented a genial contrast with the cruelty of a tumour. From that moment, she hasn’t stopped writing: ‘I work myself to the bone because I, by accident, constantly imagine that I’m about to die. I live in a kind of now or never.’

Laughter and tumour are rather playfully intertwined. An essay about laughter alternates with among other things a dialogue between two doctors taking a biopsy, a monologue by Systke’s doctor, a list of everything larger than, smaller than or exactly 2.2 centimetres.

What an awful sound
Yeaaaahnooooo not great
We have to do it again
Hold on a second
Are you feeling better yet, girl?
See, there you go, it’s no big deal
Okaaayyy here we go again!
So, that’s a wrap
Don’t be alarmed by all the blood
We’ll clean it up
You should know that for the next twenty-four hours you can’t shower
That’s because otherwise the butterfly stiches will fall off
And you should also know that for the next few days it could
Turn blue, purple and green, but that’s completely
Yeaaahhhh girl, it’s completely normal to have a blue,
green or purple breast

For the time being, don’t worry
It’s nothing
No girl, don’t kid yourself
You’re still so young


SYTSKE FREDERIKA VAN KOEVERINGE (b. 1988) made her debut in 2017 with the novel It’s Monday Today, which was translated into French and German. Among other things, she writes works of theatre and publishes regularly in the newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

© Sanja Marusic

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403181905
  • Number of pages: 224
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €21,99
  • English sample available