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Sanneke van Hassel

Sanneke van Hassel - foto Chantal Ariëns
Sanneke van Hassel - foto Chantal Ariëns

(Netherlands, 1971) wrote six collections of short stories, inluding 2019's Nederzettingen (Settlements), as well as the novels Nest (2010) and Stille grond (Silent Ground, 2017). She won the 2008 BNG New Literature Prize for her early work and the 2013 Anna Blaman Prize for her oevre. Van Hassel also writes non-fiction and is a strong promotor of the short story genre; together with Annelies Verbeke she compiled the short-story anthology Naar de stad (Toward the City, 2012). Both her novels and short stories describe people struggling to get a grip on their lives. In 2011, she wrote short monologues which could be heard at the Dutch pavillion at Venice Biennale. Van Hassel studied drama and cultural history, was a dramaturge with theatre company 't Barre Land from 1996-2006, and is a member of the writers' collective Fixdit, which aims to raise awareness of gender inequality in literature and expand the literary canon with work by important female authors.

(WN 2022)

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  • Winternachten 2022

    Winternachten Concert - In the Dream House

    With: Benzokarim, Iman Mersal, Jose Pepe Garcia, Laura van Dolron, Marian Markelo, Merel Vercammen, Raoul de Jong, Sanneke van Hassel, Sef, Shishani, Sterre Konijn, Xavi Torres

    Winternachten Festival, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amare present: In the Dream House

    The summer edition of Winternachten Festival will conclude in high style in the concert hall of Amare with "In the Dream House." Writers, poets and artists bring their dream house to life in word, imagery and music. It's a program full of bright, warm and dark desires; of ancestors and wise women; of loss and pleasure. Let yourself be enchanted by hip-hop icon Sef, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, writers Raoul de Jong and Sanneke van Hassel, singer-songwriter Shishani, spoken-word artist Benzokarim, poet Iman Mersal, and singer Sterre Konijn. Drummers from the Royal Conservatory: guided by Pepe Garcia set the rhythm, and our dream hostess, theatre producer and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron ensures that you feel at home right away.

    Bring along your home to our dream house
    To properly shelter all these dreams, we ask the public as well as artists to share their idea of "home." Bring something with you that feels "like home" or with which you'd brighten your home: a plant, teacup, dishrag or mood lamp... We'd love to hear the story behind your dream-house artifact! You can write to us ahead of time or tell us upon arrival; Sanneke van Hassel and Anouk Driessen will record it and give it a good spot in the room. In this way we'll create a living archive of our dream houses together, inspired by the novel In the Dream House by the U.S. writer Carmen Maria Machado. Also, you won't go home empty-handed, because afterwards you will take home someone else's object and story.

    Dutch spoken.

  • Winternachten 2022 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Home & Violence

    With Manon Uphoff, Shantie Singh, Sanneke van Hassel, Raoul de Jong, Müesser Yeniay, Margijn Bosch & Meltem Halaceli
    For whom is home actually home? What if your safest place isn't safe at all? Why does "domestic violence" sound like something "domestic" or even cozy? The theme Whose House is This? also requires us to discuss human violence within walls, war and peace under our own roofs, the unsafe interior world that so often remains hiden. Domestic violence, especially against women, is not a matter of isolated incidents but a societal problem. Or, like Manon Uphoff said in an interview: "They are shards that together form a mirror into which society needs to look."

    What does literature tell us about this great theme? We invite you to an initial exploration, a collage of literary texts about domestic violence. Manon Uphoff, Iris van Vliet, Shantie Singh and Sanneke van Hassel of the writers' collective Fixdit, together with Meltem Halaceli and Ellen Walraven of Winternachten, have collected a large number of literary excerpts for this event.

    Writers Manon Uphoff, Sanneke van Hassel, Shantie Singh, Raoul de Jong, Müesser Yeniay, Meltem Halaceli and actor Margijn Bosch read these excerpts in an intimate setting, close to the public. We read works by and sometimes also with the actual authors:
    Elif Shafak, Manon Uphoff, Shantie Singh, Margaret Atwood, Rebecca Solnit, Alice Munro, Astrid Roemer, Philip Huff, A.M. Homes, Müesser Yeniay, Ronelda Kamfer and many more. And yes, this can be painful and confrontational. But this topic deserves a literary investigation and probe. What is going on in the various rooms of ever-changing houses in which it is not safe?

    Dutch spoken.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Tirade against a demanding child

    Tirade number three, straight from the 450th edition of the literary magazine with the same name, from the soapbox, by Sanneke van Hassel, aimed at a demanding child.

  • Winternachten 2011

    NRC Reading Club Live

    With: Elsbeth Etty, Frits Abrahams, Pieter Steinz, Sanneke van Hassel

    In this 6th edition of the successful series NRC Reading Club Live columnists and NRC editors Elsbeth Etty, Frits Abrahams and writer Sanneke van Hassel together and with the audience read Haruki Murakami's collection of short stories Blind willow, sleeping woman. Editor of NRC Handelsblad's book pages Pieter Steinz leads the conversation.

    The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has an outspoken readership. His multitude of fans can't hear a word of criticism about him. His critics find him greatly overrated. Now that the translation of his trilogy1q84is published part by part that discussion has flared up. The personally phrased, yet highly critical review by Pieter Steinz in NRC Handelsblad for example aroused many disappointed reactions. High time to ask the question: is Murakami a classic in his lifetime or is it time to take the scales off the eyes of the fans? In Dutch.

    Read the book and join the debate! Murakami's collected short stories can be ordered from NRC Handelsblad's webshop.