Aart G. Broek
(Maasland, 1954) lived on Curaçao from 1981-2001, exploring the culture of the Antilles and the often discordant relationship of the western world with the non-western world and the causes of violence. He published various books and articles on Antillian writers, Met liefde behandelen (Treat with Love) among others, a tribute to writer Boeli van Leeuwen. In January De hemel is van korte duur (Heaven is Short-Lived) appears, the collected works of Tip Marugg, in which he cooperated with G.W. Rutgers. In 2007 he published De terreur van schaamte, brandstof voor agressie, (The Terror of Shame, Fuel for Aggression) in which he makes critical marginal notes on the realisation of the cultus of violence and the lack of a human approach to aggression and violence. Broek is an independent advisor and researcher working parttime for the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde in Leyden on a research project on the history of the police in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles and Aruba.
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A 'pre-read' at Winternachten round writer Tip Marugg (1923-2006). Journalist Petra Possel read from No-one Is an Island, in which she defies the myth of Marugg as a hermit. Poet Carel de Haseth read newly discovered poems, included in the collected works Heaven is Short-lived. The book and the collected works (edited by Aart Broek and Wim Rutgers) was published on 29 January.
Jeroen Vullings presented a programme with two anthologists. Michiel van Kempen, editor of an anthology of Surinamese literature, talked to Aart Broek, editor of a recently published anthology of Papiamentu literature. Broek introduced three Antillian authors: Gibi Bacilio, a poet and performer form Curaçao, accompanied by percussionist Xavier Cordoba; Frank Martinus Arion (Curaçao) and the Dutch Aruban writer Denis Henriquez. Michiel van Kempen introduced Antoine de Kom and Jit Narain, from Suriname.