Jeroen Olyslaegers / Jeroen Olyslaegers – Wild Woman

Jeroen Olyslaegers – Wild Woman

Jeroen Olyslaegers – Wild Woman

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About the book

Bear has lost three wives in childbirth. His third partner bore him a child before dying, the other two died with a child in their belly. After so much loss he considers himself cursed. From Amsterdam, Bear calls on God to unravel the supposed curse. He looks back at his final years in 16th-century Antwerp, the city he fled.


The city overflows with trade and money, but a great unrest prevails as well. Bear witnesses the escalating tension up close in his tavern where free thoughts and sweet wine flow, and where a secret society hatches plans. Everything is primed when, thanks to reckless world conquerors, a wild woman arrives in his tavern. Wild Woman is a dazzling, monumental novel about Antwerp in the 16th century: a raging city at a turning point in her history.

‘Rough, robust, raw – that is Wild Woman. Jeroen Olyslaegers’ new book is like ‘Game of Thrones’ in sixteenth-century Antwerp.’ – TROUW

‘A masterpiece. At times, Olyslaegers brings Shakespeare to mind: warm-blooded and raw, elegant and compact, funny and wise.’ – HET PAROOL

‘If only for Olyslaegers’ language – both lyrical and vernacular at the same time – Wild Woman is a delight. And then he also tells a magnificent story with it.’ – HET FINANCIEELE DAGBLAD

‘With relish and tangible delight, Olyslaegers evokes a bygone age, brings it to life in a rich, efflorescent and sumptuous style.’ – NRC HANDELSBLAD

‘A dizzying story about a vibrant but also cursed city that must struggle with its many enemies.’ **** – HET NIEUWSBLAD

‘A wonderful novel – a farce as well as a tragedy. With Wild Woman, Jeroen Olyslaegers has written the new crown of his oeuvre. He masterfully takes us back to the time of the Great Iconoclasm and Brueghel.’ ***** – DE STANDAARD

‘The writer steeps everything in a luscious and enviably precise style and he peels the story slowly, but at the same time not a pentameter too slowly. Wild Woman is my new favourite Olyslaegers.’ **** – HUMO

Jeroen Olyslaegers (b. 1967) is a Flemish author and playwright. His novels are lauded for their stylistic control, expressive style and narrative strength. WILL (2016) won four major prizes in the Netherlands and Flanders and is being translated into eight languages. Also known for his social engagement both inside and outside of literary circles, he was awarded the Ark Prize for Free Speech in 2014. He currently lives in Antwerp, in a street where the police helped the Nazis round up Jewish people during WWII.

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Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403113012
  • Number of pages: 415
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €26,99
  • English sample available