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Oscar van den Boogaard

Oscar van den Boogaard

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Oscar van den Boogaard (b. 1964) grew up in Suriname and the Netherlands. He studied law and French language and literature in Montpelier, Amsterdam and Brussels before making his debut in 1990 with the novel Dentz. After moving to De Bezige Bij, he published the novels Het verticale strand ( The Vertical Beach, 2005), a book about how you can liberate yourself by turning your worldview upside down, and Magic Man (2007), a sequel to his Bruno’s Optimism (1993). Following Meer dan een minnaar (More than a Lover, 2010), which was nominated for the ako Literature Prize, Oscar van den Boogaard has written another blistering novel. De tedere onverschilligen (With Tender Indifference) is the moving story of a lonely man and the unpredictable value of love and friendship.

Recent title – English material

Kindsoldaat (Child soldier), 2018

Press on Child Soldier:

‘A magnum opus. Child Soldier has the required magnitude and author at the peak of his powers.’ ***** DE STANDAARD

‘A literary pearl. The best of this writer thus far.’ ***** HET NIEUWSBLAD

‘A Couperus-esque family history written in tight dialogues.’ **** DE LIMBURGER

‘Bursting with marvellous scenes, the sentences are always worth the effort, the discoveries are striking, peculiar and infectious.’ DE GROENE AMSTERDAMMER

‘Marvellously written. A magnificent novel with which he’s placed himself in the echelon of Tommy Wieringa and the great writers of his generation.’ NIEUWSWEEKEND

Press on With Tender Indifference:

A light and cheerful tone that Boogaard strikes tremendously well. – Onno Blom, Radio 1, Tros Nieuwsshow

Van den Boogaard distils literature to its essence, to what it’s really all about. – Het Parool

One of the most fascinating of Dutch writers. – Die Zeit