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Simone van Saarloos

Simone van Saarloos - foto Merlin Daleman
Simone van Saarloos - foto Merlin Daleman

(1990) is a philosopher, writer, columnist and debate moderator. She has written literary reviews and interviews for de Volkskrant; published essays, opinion pieces and fiction; and regularly acts as an interviewer. She wrote, thrice weekly for two years, a column in nrc.next - the results of which have partly been collected in Ik deug / deug niet (I am good / bad, 2015). Together with Niña Weijers she organised a 'sexist talk show' at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. Together they also translated Nein. een manifest (No. A Manifesto) by Eric Jarosinski. In 2015 she was a guest in the TV programme Zomergasten (Summer Guests) on national Dutch broadcaster VPRO. In autumn 2016 she performed on stage, with actresses Sophie van Winden and Eva Marie de Waal, in Holy F. Her novel De vrouw die (The Woman Who) was published in 2016. In her latest book ENZ. - the Wilders process (ENZ. - De methode Wilders) she tries to understand the admiration of supporters of the Dutch politician Wilders through philosophy and analysis.

(Wn 2019)

Archive available for: Simone van Saarloos

  • Winternachten 2019 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Thinking about Holland FFWD

    "Thinking of Holland / I see broad rivers / winding slowly through endless lowlands" is perhaps the best-known Dutch opening verse. In Memory of Holland written in 1936, Hendrik Marsman describes the lanscape and the struggle against water. Seven young authors went fast forward to today, allowing the poem to inspire their future vision of the Netherlands. Poets Asha Karami and Derek Otte, singer-songwriters Lounar and Raj Mohan, performer and visual artist Roberta Petzoldt, and writers Simone van Saarloos and Vamba Sherif presented their new versions. Programmer and host Francis Broekhuijsen opened the programme by reading Marsmans classic poem.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Books Unlimited: Leni Zumas & Jennifer Clement

    Get to know literary stars and their recent books. Philosopher Simone van Saarloos talked to US writer Leni Zumas about her futuristic bestseller Red Clocks and to US-Mexican writer Jennifer Clement about her latest novel Gun Love. Expect to hear about their motivation to write, the creation of their characters and the worldwide success of their books.
    In Red Clocks, Zumas sketches an intense portrait of four women. Their virtuostically told stories take place in an oppressive and all-too-imaginable future United States in which abortion, IVF and adoption is illegal for single women. The Guardian wrote about Gune Love: "Jennifer Clement's novel about a trailer park teen on a surreal journey across a gun-crazed land is superbly told."

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    "The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world," according to Indian writer Vikram Chandra. Hanna Bervoets used the quote as a motto for her novel Efter, in which she investigates the fairy tales we tell ourselves and others to come to grips with our surroundings. Because we do tell one another fairy tales: about how the world appears, but also about how we ourselves appear. On Facebook, Instagram and vlogs we show our best side: photos are Photoshopped or simply "not allowed on timeline." Thus the world is not only a story we tell ourselves about the world, but also a story we tell the world about ourselves. With Hanna Bervoets, Salena Godden and others.

  • Brainwash 2016

    Writers Unlimited Brainwash: The Text of My Life

    With: Andrew Solomon, Ignaas Devisch, Jan Drost, Simone van Saarloos, Stephan Sanders, Tamar de Waal, Thijs Lijster, Tom Chatfield

    Writers Unlimited neemt deel aan de eerste Haagse editie van het Brainwash festival. In de Koning Willem foyer in de Koninklijke Schouwburg presenteren we tussen 20.00 uur en 23.00 uur 'De tekst van mijn leven'. Stephan Sanders interviewt schrijvers en filosofen die te gast zijn op het festival. Zij dragen hun favoriete teksten voor en lichten toe waarom deze tekst, dit gedicht, romanfragment of deze songtekst hun leven en eigen werk heeft beïnvloed. Welke herinnering, welk gevoel roept die tekst vandaag nog bij hen op? Een doorlopend interviewprogramma, waarbij het publiek ook met de gasten in gesprek gaat. Toegangskaarten kunt u bestellen bij de Koninklijke Schouwburg. Het volledige programma (vanaf 13.00 uur) is te vinden op de website van het Brainwash festival.

  • Winternachten 2015

    SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    With: Martijn Knol, Simone van Saarloos

    The varied Saturday night programme on 17 January (together with the Friday night programme) forms the heart of the festival, with dozens of events on five stages.

    Writers, poets and audience members come together for various programmes in a festive and informal atmosphere. The authors present work commissioned by the festival, read from their books, or discuss current issues.

    There are programmes in English and in Dutch, making a "Language No Problem" enjoyment of the evening possible. You can see the schedule below, or download it here as a pdf.

    Saturday guests include Karen Amstrong (UK), Reggie Baay, Wim Brands, Ian Buruma (US/NL), Jennifer Clement (US/Mexico), Leela Corman (US), Adriaan van Dis, Mira Feticu (NL/Romania), Louise O. Fresco, Dominique Goblet (Belgium), David Grossman (Israel), Stefan Hertmans, Bas Heijne, Cynthia McLeod (Suriname), Maaza Mengiste (US/Ethiopia), Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Ghana/UK), Gustaaf Peek, Nina Polak, David Van Reybrouck (Belgium), Vamba Sherif, Shantie Singh, Witold Szabłowski (Poland), and many more. One ticket allows access to all events.

    Programme is subject to change.

  • Winternachten 2015

    FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    With: Abdelkader Benali, Simone van Saarloos

    The varied Friday night programme on 16 January (together with the Saturday night programme) forms the heart of the festival, with dozens of events on five stages.

    Writers, poets and audience members come together for various programmes in a festive and informal atmosphere. The authors present work commissioned by the festival, read from their books, or discuss current issues.

    There are programmes in English and in Dutch, making a "Language No Problem" enjoyment of the evening possible. You can see the programma schedule below, or download the pdf of the 'Language no Problem' route here.

    English writer Karen Armstrong, known for her many books about world religions, delivers the opening lecture. Other guests include Muhammad Aladdin (Egypt), Abdelkader Benali, Cristina Branco (singing Remco Campert poems), Leela Corman (US), Jennifer Clement (US/Mexico), Maxim Februari, David Grossman (Israel), Cynthia McLeod (Suriname), Maaza Mengiste (US/Ethiopia), Dinar Rahayu (Indonesia), David Van Reybrouck (Belgium),Paul Scheffer, Mustafa Stitou, Niña Weijers, Tao Yue (NL/China), and many others. One ticket allows access to all events.

    Programme is subject to change.

  • Winternachten 2015 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    New Talent in the House!

    Five powerful new female stars in the literary firmament talk about their ultimate sense of being at home in specially written commentaries. Much-discussed debutante Nina Polak and her up-and-coming colleagues Bregje Hofstede, Mira Feticu, Roos van Rijswijk, and Shantie Singh appear in a varied program. Presented by Simone van Saarloos. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Tirade against a lightweight lover

    Editors of the literary magazine Tirade and several writers climb on to the soapbox in the foyer and hold a Tirade, as appeared in the anniversary edition of Tirade 450. Simone van Saarloos's diatribe is aimed against a lightweight lover.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Roos Pollmann

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer and actress Roos Pollman cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Andrés Neuman

    Which texts from world literature has the Argentine writer Andrés Neuman 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 English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Alfred Schaffer

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer 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.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Elisabeth van Nimwegen

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch writer Elisabeth van Nimwegen cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Noreena Hertz

    Which texts from world literature has econonomist and writer Noreena Hertz from Great Britain cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Arie Boomsma

    Which texts from world literature has Dutch poetry anthologist and tv anchor Arie Boomsma 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.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Nihad Sirees

    Which texts from world literature has Syrian writer Nihad Sirees 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 English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Linda Christanty

    Which texts from world literature has Linda Christanty from Indonesia cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.