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Antoine de Kom

Antoine de Kom - foto Allard de Witte
Antoine de Kom - foto Allard de Witte

(The Hague, 1956) is a grandson of the strident Surinamese nationalist and anti-Nazi Anton de Kom. He has published the anthologies of poetry Tropen (Tropics; 1991), De kilte in Brasilia (The chill in Brasilia, 1995), Zebrahoeven (Zebra hooves, 2001), Chocoladetranen (Chocolate tears; 2014) and De lieve geur van zijn of haar (The sweet smell of his or her; 2008). For years Antoine de Kom worked as a psychiatrist with the Pieter Baan Centrum. In 2012 he published Het misdadige brein (The criminal brain) in which he uses fictitious conversations with historical criminals to show how reports of suspects are drawn up. For Ritmisch zonder string (Rhythmically without string; 2013) he was nominated for the VSB Poetry Award. The jury: 'Antoine de Kom makes a lot of strange worlds alomst tangible by uniting sensuality and powerful imagery with slang and folklore. In those worlds his language explodes, sometimes flooding like a wave, then jumping from ice floe to ice floe or abruptly forcing a halt.'

(WU 2014 GR NOGMAALS aangepast!)

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  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Call me, call me!

    'Name me, name me, speak to me, o, name me by my deepest name. For those I love, I want to be called,' Neeltje Maria Min wrote some fifty years ago in one of her most famous poems. The deep longing for love and confirmation is translated tonight in music and poetry by the poets Arie Boomsma introduces to us: the onrushing young debutante Kira Wuck, nominated for the C. Buddingh' Prize, the much-praised Alfred Schaffer, living in South Africa, the Dutch Iraqi poet Rodaan Al Galidi, who is perpetually in love and the nominees for the VSB Poetry prize Miriam Van hee and Antoinde de Kom. Interspersed with a magnificent performance by rapper/poet Typhoon. 

    Programme in cooperation with Poetry International and CPNB 

  • Writers Series

    Kevin Dutton, Gerard Spong and Antoine de Kom: The Wisdom of Psychopaths

    With: Antoine de Kom, Gerard Spong, Kevin Dutton

    Dr Kevin Dutton wrote The wisdom of psychopaths, how psychopathic traits can lead to success in many professional fields. Dutton will exchange thoughts on the subject with renowned Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong. Chaired by poet, writer and forensic psychiatrist Antoine de Kom. In English.

  • Suriname 2008

    Spot en Satire: Gesprekken, voordrachten en muziek

    With: Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Ellen Ombre, Gerrit Komrij, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Rappa, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    19:30 Inloop Band/ DJ
    20:00 Opening avond Ingrid Ameraali
    20:10 welkomstwoord slotavond Ingrid Ameraali
    20:20 Debat over Satire en Spot Peter Snijders, Youssouf, Gerrit Komrij, Rappa, Ellen Ombre, Asli Erdogan, Discussieleider Jerry Egger
    20:40 Voordracht Putu Widjaya
    20:50 Voordracht Antoine de Kom
    21:00 Optreden band Glenn Texeira and band
    21:20 Pauze
    21:40 Voordracht Celestine Raalte
    22:00 Voordracht Rappa
    22:10 Voordracht Rappa
    22:20 Slotwoord Rielle Mardjo: Voorzitter Lit: Fest:
    22:40 Optreden band Glenn Texeira and band/ DJ/Izaline Calister
    Afsluiting Avond/ Nababbel

  • Suriname 2008


    With: Alakondre, Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Ellen Ombre, Gerrit Komrij, Ingrid Ameraali, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Rappa, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    19:30 Inloop Alakondreband
    20:00 Opening festival
    20:10 Welkomstwoord door organisaties Stichting Literair Festival Suriname en Stichting Winternachten
    20:20 Kennismaking auteurs met Publiek
    20:30 Voordracht Ellen Ombre
    20:40 Voordracht Peter Snijders
    20:50 Voordracht Rappa
    21:00 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    21:20 Pauze
    21:40 Voordracht Youssouf Amine Elalamy
    21:50 Voordracht Antoine de Kom
    22:00 Voordacht Putu Widjaya
    22:10 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    22:30 Optreden band Izaline Calister
    Afsluiting Avond/ Nababbel DJ

  • Suriname 2008

    Optreden voor studenten IOL/Universiteit en scholieren VWO

    With: Antoine de Kom, Asli Erdogan, Celestine Raalte, Gerrit Komrij, Ingrid Ameraali, Izaline Calister, Jit Narain, Peter Snyders, Putu Wijaya, Skwala, Youssouf Amine Elalamy

    Aula Institute for Graduate & Research Studies (IGRS)
    (Programma bestemd voor studenten IOL/Universiteit en VWO)

    9:30 Inloop DJ
    10:00 Introductie en Welkomstwoord Kennismaking Auteurs met publiek Auteurs
    10:10 Ingrid Ameerali, MC
    10:20 Voordracht antoine de kom
    10:30 Voordracht Asli Erdogan
    10:40 Voordracht Celestine raalte
    10:50 Izaline Calister
    11:05 Voordracht
    11:15 Voordracht Youssouf Amine Elalamy
    11:25 Voordracht Celestine Raalte
    11:35 Voordacht Rap band /DJ
    11:45 Voordracht Jit Narain
    11:55 Voordracht Putu Wijaya
    12:05 Voordracht Gerrit Komrij
    12:10 Q & A met Jerry Egger
    12:45 Einde

  • Winternachten 2004 – WINTERNACHT 2

    The choice of film by poet Antoine de Kom

    The intertwining of life and death is a main theme for the Surinamese/Dutch poet Antoine de Kom. It is the starting point for his choice of film excerpts, chosen from the work of Werner Herzog (Aguirre/Fitzcarraldo) and from film material of the saxophone player John Coltrane.

  • Winternachten 2004 – WINTERNACHT 2

    Surinam, land of my dreams

    After growing up in Surinam the poets Antoine de Kom and Raj Ramdas chose a future in the Netherlands. However the Surinamese author Tessa Leuwsha - her debut novel wil appear in 2004 - grew up in the Netherlands, and chose a future in the country of her parents, Surinam. Three authors discuss the role that the Netherlands and Surinam play in their work. What are the dreams and ideals that are important for them?

  • Winternachten 1999 – Winternacht 2

    Surinamese and Papiamentu anthologies

    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.