(Amsterdam, 1936) is a writer, poet, essay writer and art critic. He has a wide-ranging oeuvre of more than thirty works to his name, of which Waar was je nou (Where were you) was the most successful. This novel, in which Schippers calls into being the Amsterdam and Zandvoort of his youth, was awarded the 2006 Libris literature prize. The novel is characteristic for his work, in which language experiments play an important part. K. Schippers (pen name of Gerard Stigter) was one of the founders of the avant-gardist literary magazine Barbarber, in which he once published a menu. He looks at language the way he looks at art. One of his great heroes is Marcel Duchamp. He followed in the footsteps of the artist who some 100 years ago introduced an autographed lavatory bowl as art. That journey resulted in 2010 in the boek De bruid van Marcel Duchamp (Marcel Duchamp's bride). Schippers held the 4 May commemoration speech in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, entitled De komst van de jazz (The advent of jazz). In 1996 Schippers received the PC Hooftprijs for his entire oeuvre.(nov 2010)
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Our film editor Bert Jansma talks to writer and film buff K. Schippers about his visual sources of inspiration. With highly varied fillm fragments. In Dutch.
The Turkish-American Elif Batuman wanted to become a writer, but didn't feel at home in the traditional approach of the creative writing course. She decided to study literature and noticed gradually that an academic approach didn't stand in the way of love for literature. Truth and beauty appeared to be one and the same thing eventually. She wrote the collection of essays The Possessed about it, with true stories about the lives of the Russian classics. K. Schippers on the other hand shows in his work that there is no reality, only points of view. His latest book, De bruid van Marcel Duchamp (Marcel Duchamp's bride), is a quest for the most renowned work of the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp – the big glass entitled The Bride Undressed by Her Bachelors – in which Schippers allows fantasy to run free. Jan Donkers talks to the writers about the beauty of reality and the way in which other people's lives can serve as a driving wheel for one's own imagination. English spoken.