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Helena Hoogenkamp – Adoring Louis Claus

Helena Hoogenkamp – Adoring Louis Claus

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About the book

It’s 2003, the summer that Louis Claus goes to school wearing a clown suit and Carla cuts her trousers too short, the summer that her father discovers a tumour in her mother’s breast as they make love and her friend Juicy is expelled from school for cocaine-use. After that summer, they go their separate ways, but years later, after her mother’s death, Carla once again becomes fascinated by Louis, who is now a successful author. Upon returning to her memories, she appears to have misjudged their relationship.

Adoring Louis Claus is about the thin line between longing and despair, keeping silent and speaking out; a poetic quest for intimacy.

‘The book reveals something painful and quite ordinary, without Hoogenkamp yelling it in your face. In a literary sense, that is beautiful and effective and justified, and then the actual plot also has something poignant to it too – clever.’**** – NRC HANDELSBLAD

‘Longing, for advanced feelers.’– DE STANDAARD

‘Hoogenkamp’s ingenious composition, snappy dialogues, agile style and deeply felt psychology are as pretty as a picture.’ – TZUM


Helena Hoogenkamp  (b. 1986) has written ten works of theatre and read poetry at cultural festivals such as Lowlands. Her work has been awarded with the El Hizjra Literature Prize, nominated for the ITs RO Theatre Award and selected for Women Playwrights International Stockholm and Interplay Europe Madrid. In 2015, Wintertuin Uitgeverij published her novella Little Mermaid, Accidentally Dead. Adoring Louis Claus is her debut novel.

© Stephan Vanfleteren

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789403101415
  • Number of pages: 216
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €21,99
  • English sample available