Willem Frederik Hermans (1921-1995) is one of the greatest post-war Dutch authors. He left a huge and varied body of work. Before devoting his entire life to writing, Hermans had been teaching Physical Geography at the University of Groningen for many years. He had already started writing and publishing in magazines at a young age. His polemic and provocative style led to a court case as early as 1952. In addition to his novels he published over the years short stories, essays, poetry, theatre plays and translations. His work has been translated into many languages to international acclaim. The Darkroom of Damocles was put on stage in 2015. In February 2016 the movie to the novel Beyond Sleep, a Dutch-Norwegian co-production, has been launched in the Dutch cinema’s to much acclaim. The producer is Key Film, the director is Boudewijn Koole.
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Herinneringen van een engelbewaarder (A Guardian Angel Recalls: The Cloud of Unknowing), 1971
Het behouden huis (The Safe House), 1956