Writer in the Public Debate. On Stefan Hertmans
© Saskia Vanderstichele
© Saskia Vanderstichele © Saskia Vanderstichele
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Writer in the Public Debate. On Stefan Hertmans

(Anne Marie Musschoot) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2013, № 21, PP. 242-253

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Hertmans started out as a poet but came to the attention of the general public as a novelist. He also wrote theatre texts and is now mainly active as an essayist. “Vital melancholy” or a fundamental discontent that preserves itself through an ever-present will to survive goes hand in hand with a growing involvement in public life. His latest essays condemn emotional sensationalism and the runaway hedonistic economy for which the media are responsible. With an extract from Intercities and two poems.

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