‘Bogaert’s novels show a glittering talent: that of telling stories that
shine in their simplicity and yet are drenched in all the beauty that
the Dutch language has to offer. A clever and compelling book.’ Metro
‘Intimate and carefully constructed. Silence and blindness dictate the conditions for an on-off relationship drawn in images, smells, voices. About letting go and loss, waiting, winning and distance.’ Cobra
‘Cloud Faces is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. A heartfelt, honest, stylistically beautifully constructed masterpiece.’ Roel Weerheijn, editor Boekenkrant
'Bogaert gently strokes his characters into the book, leaves traces of
yearning and longing on every page, doesn't give us a simple romantic
study, but an intimate dance a deux, that also moves the onlookers.' Vrij
Lambert and Lana meet as children and become inseparable. They meet again at university and their friendship deepens. Their paths then part, but Lana stays in Lambert’s heart. Answering an ad for a reader, he finds himself face to face with the unattainable love of his youth. Lana is now blind, and looking for someone to read to her and Lambert, himself seriously ill, decides to take the job under another name. Narrated alternately by Lambert and Lana, this is a novel of searing beauty, uplifting in spite of the lost opportunities for love and the pain it causes. A novel that confirms that loving, even at a distance, gives life great quality.
Material: Dutch edition (135pp).
Rob, a compiler of hotel guidebooks, has invited his twenty-two-year-old daughter on a fact-finding mission of hotels in Germany, Italy and France. Father and daughter have been estranged for fourteen years, ever since the death of her mother in an accident Rob caused in his bewilderment at hearing his wife no longer loved him. His attempts at restoring familiarity with his daughter are constantly thwarted by her. The more we learn about Rob’s past, the more hope there is for new closeness with his daughter, and yet the more impossible this seems. Powerfully atmospheric, an exquisite literary novel about memory, the complexity of the bonds that bind us to each other and the limited feasibility of love.
‘Gie Bogaert writes prose of staggering beauty.’ Radio Nederland Wereldomroep
‘Gie Bogaert is the most lyrical of Flemish authors. A dazzling experience.’ Knack‘Gie Bogaert rates as a secret tip for literary connoisseurs.’ Vrij Nederland
Material: Dutch edition (150pp).
'Stories can save us. They give us back the things we thought we had lost for ever, or that we thought no longer existed. They comfort us. They give us reasons to go on with what we think is important: organising our lives, taking the dog out, loving a man.'
A collection of colourful, subtle, interlinked stories about loss. A tightrope walker loses his love, young Lena’s father dies, a mother grieves the accidental death of her daughter, a young man loses his innocence. The eternal themes of love and death are drawn in unique ways.
‘You can extract comfort shamelessly from Hemelstof. It is beautifully-packaged grief. Bogaert plays it virtuoso.’ De Morgen
‘Gie Bogaert’s prose has a mysterious, almost bewitching simplicity.’ Trouw‘Gie Bogaert makes Hemelstof sparkle. Bogaert is a man who speaks convincingly about sometimes very feminine affairs. Completely unsentimental but thoroughly sensitive Hemelstof is a book you want to offer as a gift.’ Haagsche Courant
Material: Dutch edition (142pp).