(1960, The Hague, NL) emigrated from the Netherlands to Australia in 1967. There, he studied Dutch, English, rhetoric and philosophy, became a nurse, and debuted as a writer in 1998. His 2002 best-seller The Crimson Petal and the White, about a young prostitute in Victorian London, constituted his international breakthrough. In Dickensian scenarios sprinkled with Freudian, post-Marxist and feminist themes he describes how she becomes a governess and, after being fired, learns to survive together with her pupil. In 2015 The Book of Wonderful New Things appeared; it is about the love between a minister, who travels to another planet, and his wife, who stays home and receives his letters. He wrote this best-seller while losing his wife Eva to cancer. He said he was done with writing, but did in fact publish To Life, a volume of poetry in memory of the love of his life.(WU 2017)
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The writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Arjan Peters. In English.
Bestselling Australian author Michael Faber is back in his birth city of The Hague to talk with Gerlinda Heywegen about his fascination with literary works adapted to the screen. One of the examples will be Under the Skin, his hit novel that was filmed by Michael Glazer, with Scarlett Johansson in the disturbing lead role. A screening of the film will follow; the discussion and the screening can also be attended separately.
What is real, what is fake? And yet it's the fabrications that can provide insight into the world in which we live. The Anglo-Dutch Michel Faber, who kicks off the evening with the Winternachten Lecture about reality and fantasy, creates a future world in his novels, just like Dutch writer Hanna Bervoets. Czech economist Tomá Sedláček sees parallels between economics and old myths, and Mircea Cărtărescu, also a translator of Bob Dylan lyrics, filled his trilogy about Communist Romania with mythical escapes from reality. Moderator: Lex Bohlmeijer.