(Doetinchem, NL, 1958) is a highly versatile writer who constantly changes up his work. Sometimes his tone is serious, as in Schaduwkind (Shadow Child, 2003), about the death of his young daughter. This bestseller was translated into more than fifteen languages. In 2009's J. Kessels, The Novel he channels an altogether different voice. A semi-parody of the hard-boiled crime novel, it features one of Thomése's favourite recurring characters, J. Kessels, living it up a he smokes cigarettes and devours deep-fried meatballs. The book was made into a film in 2015, starring Frank Lammers and Fedja van Huêt. De onderwaterzwemmer (The Underwater Swimmer, 2015) about the life Tin, who as a child loses his father on a dark night in wartime, shows that only man himself can alter his destiny. In 1991 Thomése won the AKO Literature Prize for Zuidland (Southland), and in 2012, the Bob den Uyl Prize for Grillroom Jeruzalem.
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The Film Picks of P.F. Thomése
P.F. Thomése is a versatile writer who constantly changes his tone, from Schaduwkind (Shadow Child, 2013) to De Onderwaterzwemmer (Underwater Swimmer, 2015). A film by Erik de Bruyn based on J.Kessels, The Novel premiered at the Dutch Film Festival; it features the author's favourite recurring character in all his smoking and junk-food-devouring glory.Tonight Thomése explains his film picks in a conversation with film conoisseur Gerlinda Heywegen. Of course we'll also view his chosen clips, among others from The Silence (Bergman), Otto e Mezzo (Fellini), Goodfellas (Scorsese) and The Big Lebowski (Coen brothers).
Mind this book
In his worldwide hit The Dinner, Herman Koch explores difficult-to-imagine situations; in his recently filmed Kessels stories, P.F. Thomése immerses himself in gut-driven psychology. What attracts these authors to danger? Can writing itself be dangerous? Do they also seek out danger as passionate readers? Which writers do they admire, and why? Can literature be contagious? A playful and personal dialogue.
Talking to the writers: Anne Provoost and P.F. Thomése
Join the regulars' table. Host Francis Broekhuijsen welcomes writers Anne Provoost and P.F. Thomese. We listen to their favourite music, and talk to them. Don't forget to have your books autographed. In Dutch.
The Text of my Life: P.F. Thomése
Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer P.F. Thomése cherished as long as he lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. He discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.
The writer increasingly becomes a brand name with an ever growing media circus surrounding book presentations. The anonymous author has stopped selling. 'Buy me!' the eyes of many a writer at many a talkshow table seem to be screaming. The show has become more important than content. How do you set foot in the land of literature? How pernicious is commercialisation for literature? High time to unravel the new realities of literature with Anne Provoost and P. F. Thomése. Nadia Bouras hosts. Herman Koch opens with a column. In Dutch.
Imagination, our Brain and the Story of our Life
Professor of psychiatry Damiaan Denys looks at his profession philosophically. He is fascinated by what human beings are not, given the human condition. The human condition is the source of all imagination. Writer P. F. Thomese wrote a novel about a man with the romantic idea of the artist embracing the void and from there reaching great heights, losing sight of reality entirely. After a short introduction by Denys on imagination and the brain Tessel Blok will iinterview them both on imagination and the void, in reality and in literature. A programme on the boundaries between pathology and art. In Dutch.
It really happened
Contemporary readers yearn for true strories. In the bookstores there are piles of books with literary non-fiction and the jury of the AKO literature prize never nominated so much nonfiction. Why does the genre have such an appeal to readers and writers alike? And: how true is non-fiction really? How does the writer keep guard over the boundaris of pure fabrication? Gerrit Komrij, Kristien Hemmerechts, Naima el Bezaz and P.F. Thomése debated with practical instances from their own non-fiction. Komrij opened with the pamphlet Fake Buttocks, which was published in the weekly the Groene Amsterdammer the week after the festival. Host: Koen Kleijn.
The world, the writer and the philosopher
Does it make any difference to the world what a writer does? Can he write autonomous and avoid the expectations of the outside world, or does he have to take a position concerning social reality? P.F. Thomese opens the debate with a plea for the independent mind, for the autonomous, introvert writer. His opponent is the young philosopher Bas Haring, who by actively adressing a wider audience tries to make philosophy part of daily life. Dutch spoken.