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Stephan Enter

Stephan Enter - foto Martje Keetman
Stephan Enter - foto Martje Keetman

(Rozendaal, NL 1973), penname of S.D.V.B. van Schaffelaer, made his debut in 1999 with the collection of short stories Winterhanden (Winter Hands). It was followed by Lichtjaren (Light Years, 2005) and Spel (Game, 2007). His breakthrough came in 2011 with Grip, winning him the F. Bordewijk Prize and the Gouden Boekenuil (Golden Book Owl). The Dutch daily paper Trouw wrote: 'Grip is rich in ideas, classical and profound, scarce qualities in Dutch prose of today.' The Reformatorisch Dagblad, a Christian newspaper, calls Enter 'an infallible stylist [...] who with well-chosen sentences lifts worlds, turns them round in front of your bewildered eyes, to make them disappear with playful ease. Not by all kinds of linguistic frills but simply by writing very well and very precisely, with balanced metaphor.' Late 2011 The Volkskrant elected Grip as one of the Three Best Books of 2011. Grip has been translated into German, Italian and Norwegian, among other languages. His fourth novel Compassie (Compassion) was published in 2015.

(WU 2017)

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  • Winternachten 2013

    Writers' Fest 2013

    With: Bart Moeyaert, Denise Jannah, Ellen Deckwitz, Guus Janssen, Jaap Cohen, Joke van Leeuwen, Lucas Hüsgen, Marja Pruis, Nico Dijkshoorn, Pieter Steinz, Roland Colastica, Ronald Giphart, Stephan Enter, Wouter Godijn

    The festival closes with a Writers' Fest in the Koninklijke Schouwburg. A programme around Dutch literature, with performances by among others Joke van Leeuwen, Nico Dijkshoorn, Ronald Giphart, Bart Moeyaert, jazz singer Denise Jannah and pianist and composer Guus Janssen. 

    What is the state of affairs in Dutch letters? At the beginning of the year we take stock. Writer and critic Marja Pruis gives her vision on how Dutch literature fares. With music and readings we honour three great writers and poets who passed away in 2012. Queen of jazz and singer Denise Jannah, accompanied by guitarist Robby Alberga, sings a poem by Gerrit Komrij, Holland's foremost poet and promotor of Dutch poets and poetry. Composer and pianist Guus Janssen honours the prolific Dutch writer  Bernlef with a composition for voice and piano. And we'll listen to a recording of poet Rutger Kopland, the grand old man of Dutch poetry. Curaçaoan writer and actor Roland Colastica, who made his debut last year with the children's novel Vuurwerk in mijn hoofd (Fireworks in my Head), tells us a story about his mother tongue, Papiamento, how as a child he got to know Dutch literature, on the importance of reading and telling stories. 

    Presentation of the The Hague literary prizes
    Four writers are awarded with a prize today: Stephan Enter is recipient of the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel Grip, Wouter Godijn receives the Jan Campert Prize for his book of poetry Hoe H.H. de wereld redde (How H.H. Saved the World), and Lucas Hüsgen receives the J. Greshoff Prize for contemplative prose for his book Nazi te Venlo (Nazi in Venlo). Multitalent Joke van Leeuwen is recipient of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her entire oeuvre. The afternoon closes with her theatrical word of thanks: a unique performance by Van Leeuwen,  this writer, poet,  illustrator and comedian. In cooperation with the Nederlands Letterenfonds, Stichting Lezen and the Jan Campert Stichting. The prizes are given by the alderman for culture of The Hague, Marjolein de Jong.