Marieke Lucas Rijneveld [The Netherlands, 1991]
Just three years ago, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld made her debut with the collection Kalfsvlies (‘Calf Caul’), which earned her the C. Buddingh’ Prize. Her 2018 novel, De avond is ongemak (‘The Discomfort of the Evening’), quickly became a bestseller, and at the start of this year she published her second collection of poetry, Fantoommerrie (‘Phantom Mare’). Her poetry is florid; in what tend to be long sentences, she builds a compelling architecture of metaphors and similes that sweep the reader up in a maelstrom of often uncomfortable thoughts. Themes such as grief and gender are given voice in original and moving ways. In the poems in her latest collection, too, extended sequences of images are strung together to offer up an alarming worldview.
READING: Friday 14 June, 18:40 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal