Lisa Weeda's excellent debut novel tells the story of a divided Cossack family.
Marieke De Maré has written a dreamy, poetic story about how people who at first live apart eventually come together.
In the science fiction novel 'Concept M' author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.
Femke Vindevogel has written a blackly comic tale about a quest for one’s true self on the disadvantaged side of town.
De Afwijking by debutant Dries Muus is a beautiful coming-of-age novel against the backdrop of an urban football environment.
Ewoud Kieft offers a lot of food for thought in his debut novel. Even the perfect world of the future is not to everyone’s taste.
A novel about art, about cycling, but perhaps above all a story about the fear of an insignificant life.
In her gripping debut novel ‘Hier is alles veilig’, Anneleen Van Offel tells her story with subtle clues, precise and detailed descriptions, in beautiful language.
In her debut novel 'Kleihuid' (Clay Skin) Herien Wensink provokes with pressing questions, seen in the light of the First World War.
Herlinde Leyssens wrote a story of a strong, rebellious, adventure-seeking woman, determined not to be stopped.
In her debut novel 'Lam', singer-songwriter Hannelore Bedert paints the portrait of a strong woman, one who has suffered hard knocks but still struggles through life with her head held high.
What makes you a mother? Fen Verstappen looks for answers in her touching debut novel ‘Moeder af’.
In her debut novel 'Niemand keek omhoog’ Evelien Vos raises the question: to what extent can we control our lives?
Who's helping who? That is the question in Siel Verhanneman's poignant debut novel, 'Or else everyone dies'.
In her debut novel 'Ook bomen slapen', Annemarie Peeters intertwines the lives of former opera director Corneille and young opera singer Ofelia. With success.
Hannes Dedeurwaerder's semi-autobiographical debut novel about his upbringing in the Pentecostal community is an unusual glimpse into an otherwise closed world.
In his debut novel, Koen Caris exposes just how difficult it is to be left behind, especially in an oppressive, village setting.
Four years after her victory lap through the Low Countries, Lize Spit will now delight English-language readers with her translated debut novel.
In his debut novel ‘Uiterste dagen’, Ferdinand Lankamp undertakes a search for our motives, which can sometimes be very dark.
In her debut novel, Jante Wortel paints a stark portrait of a teenager whose family is held in the grip of her OCD.
Kevin van Vliet's debut novel 'Wolfsjong' is a classic tale with an edgy and dark side.
Stefan Zweig’s reportages on his visits to Belgium have been translated into Dutch and collected into a small, beautifully illustrated volume.
In his novel about a Flemish Nazi collaborator, bestselling author Stefan Hertmans presents a sharp image of life under German occupation, which he links perceptively to the personal history of his characters.
The premise for Anne Eekhout's fourth novel is a good one: to write Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of 'Frankenstein', out of the shadows of her illustrious context.
Birney's throat-grabbing novel 'The Interpreter from Java' about the colonial past in the Dutch East Indies highlights the lasting consequences of a civil war in a penetrating way.
In her masterful novel 'Your Story, My Story' Dutch author Connie Palmen gives Ted Hughes a voice.
The Dutch bestselling author is back with a novel on European identity, nostalgia and the end of an era.
'A New History of Western Art' is not the dry tome of an academic, but of an enthusiastic storyteller who shows us how art continues to have new interpretations.
The Dutch self-taught scientist died three hundred years ago. The anniversary of his death has led to books and an exhibition that shed light on the life of this wayward pioneer of microbiology.
Investigative journalist Geert Sels spent eight years researching Nazi-looted art in Belgium. In 'Art for Das Reich', he brings many histories of robbery, collaboration and restitution to light for the first time.
With her latest publication, the Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen continues her own modest search for places of human origin.
Thanks to two biographies published at the same time, the Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize winner Hendrik Lorentz finally gets the attention he deserves.
A new biography gives the seventeenth-century Dutch astronomer and inventor the credit he deserves.
In his second historical fiction novel, Jeroen Olyslaegers masterfully brings to life the city of Antwerp before, during and after 1566, the year of the Iconoclastic Fury.
Charlotte Van den Broeck tells a story of tragic architects who committed suicide in or because of the buildings they designed.
In Flemish actress Maaike Neuville's successful debut novel, her experience of theatre comes through in the precision of her sentences.
Here's a photobook that depicts the sensation of covering hundreds of kilometres on horseback in a snowy landscape without civilisation.
Foreign cartoons from the 17th to the mid-19th century show that the Netherlands has not always had a very positive international image.
The road to success of the iconic Book Tower in Ghent has been all but linear, as historian Ruben Mantels writes in 'Towers of Books'.
In 'Falling Is Like Flying', her highly acclaimed novel, Manon Uphoff delves into a painful personal past in search of love and identity.
Dutch writer Simone Atangana Bekono's critically acclaimed debut novel has now been published in English.
The '12 Years a Slave' director shows us what the Second World War sounded like in the Dutch capital.
He is best known as "the man who escaped from prison in a chest of books". But thanks to a new biography, we know that the seventeenth-century scholar was much more than that.
For a short period in the 16th century, Antwerp was really the centre of the world. Everything was possible, as long as it didn't hinder trade and economy, writes historian Michael Pye in his book The Glory Years.
Sarah Vos follows how under new directorship, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is wrestling with a more diverse and inclusive trajectory.
Is the protagonist of Yves Petry’s eighth novel just a raving madman? Or does he have a point, with his philosophical and societal statements? Mainly mad, we are led to conclude.
Jaap Robben has in recent years gained an international reputation thanks to his novels 'You Have Me to Love' and 'Summer Brother'.
The biography of the committed Dutch writer Jef Last offers a splendid introduction to the twentieth century.
'Translation in the Low Countries' is a monumental book that not only sheds light on the flourishing translation of culture in our region, but also offers a fascinating cultural history.
Erasmus was a man with great ambitions and who took orders from no one. But his succes also had its drawbacks, unveils a new biography.
In the book Wie zegt wat waar? (Who Says What Where?) the reader is presented with a more accurate picture of the regional languages in the Netherlands and Flanders than in many other reference works.
Huib Billiet Adriaansen wrote an exciting book about the shared history of Cuba and Belgium since the early sixteenth century.
An exhibition in Mechelen shows portraits of young Habsburg princes and princesses that tell us a lot about the political powers struggles of sixteenth-century Europe.
In his bestseller, the award-winning Dutch non-fiction writer searches for answers to anthropology’s most fundamental questions.
The French general and emperor left behind deep traces in Dutch society that are still visible today.
Antwerp painter Jules Schmalzigaug (1882-1917) deserves more prominence in the canon of the European avant-garde.
Thanks to a new anthology, English-speaking readers can become acquainted with one of the Netherlands' most original and thought-provoking poets.
Wim Blockmans' book 'The Voice of the People?' could be useful in dealing with today's 'crisis of democracy' and in tackling the unease caused by political stagnation.
According to journalist Huib Modderkolk, the Belgian and Dutch governments are taking nowhere near enough protective measures against digital hacking and sabotage.
Jane Judge’s book provides a profound analysis of the rich sources surrounding the events that shaped the Belgian identity.
On the eve of the First World War, three Dutch friends believed they could make the world a better place by walking around the globe and propagating socialism in Esperanto.
A gorgeous series of paintings, prints and drawings is featured in 'Turning Heads', the exhibition at the KMSKA in Antwerp that focuses on the genre of tronie art.
Those who know where to look can read the history of the planet and the human race in trees and landscapes. Two researchers from the Low Countries, Salomon Kroonenberg and Valerie Trouet, tell the story of the earth, our past and perhaps al...
To keep, to remove, or to tuck away in a museum? In his book on statues in the public space, ex-curator Ton Quik does not shy away from the difficult questions.
Between 1600 and 1900, Dutch was the dominant European language in Japan. A new book examines how this affected the local culture and society.
In his debut novel, Dirk Elst manages to describe a life of poverty without romanticising it.
‘Augustus’ by Irma Maria Achten is a sensual debut novel about improbable love, in which passion, a longing for death and family secrets play an important role.
In her debut novel Caroline van Keeken subtly sketches a portrait of an unhappy, dysfunctional family.
Nadia de Vries has written an angsty debut about a young woman afraid of remaining in the shadows.
This debut is a dreamy novel about the love of trees and the loneliness of surviving in a new country.
Loes Wijnhoven has written a funny debut novel about a millennial living life passing from hotel to hotel.
A young woman in search of meaning is inspired by the wanderings of a Japanese monk from the nineteenth century.
In her debut novel, Katrien Scheir portrays the often very difficult position of women in a #MeToo situation.
Actress Romana Vrede writes a letter to her autistic son, which makes for a tough, but loving book.
In pared-back prose, Angelo Tijssens tells the story of a gay man’s laborious search for a speck of love and affection.
Mariken Heitman has written a penetrating debut about gender identity.
In his debut novel Frank Heinen lays bare the state of the care system in contemporary society as well as the role played by the media in how we perceive certain events.
Do you remember what you were doing on 14 February 1990? Not very likely. But author and screenwriter Stijn Vranken does remember, and it makes for an entertaining debut.
After 132 years, Gorter's masterpiece has finally been published in English, even in two versions.
Corinne Heyrman wrote a gripping novel about mental fragility.
‘Het nabestaan van Anna Portier’ is a poignant debut about mourning, dying and the lives we lead or don't.
The debut novel by Dutch writer and performer Joost Oomen is a whimsical book brimming with wonderful fantasies.
Tülin Erkan has written a debut novel about trying to find the right words and about how difficult it is to say goodbye to places and people.
In the novel 'Iemand anders', the main character is forced into a different role overnight. This results in an at times very comic tale of a woman searching her way in life once more.
Marije Langelaar’s debut novel is a short triptych in which dreams and reality are softly entwined, in search of perfect symbiosis.
In her debut novel, Wuck paints a portrait of her hippy parents. The detached tone makes the novel stand out all the more.
In 'Meral', author Froukje Santing subtly unravels the entanglements of a Dutch-Turkish family.
In a loud monologue full of metaphors and reflections on life and literature, Karel De Sadeleer tells the story of Ali, a bubbly Swiss with Palestinian roots.
In her debut novel, Ananda Serné seizes upon a badly sleeping woman's search for footing to gently wake up the reader herself.
In Daniël Samkalden's ambitious debut novel 'Nova', the three main characters become more involved with one another than they would like.
How to live? It’s no mean feat, even less so as a single lesbian woman with a desire to have children, as Brecht De Backer’s philosophical debut novel reveals.
In her debut novel "Ongehoord" (Unheard) Pascale Petralia tells the story of how a victim gradually becomes ensnared in the net of someone obsessed. And no one can save her.
A captivating debut about a son who may want to break away from his mother, but gradually understands that this is impossible.
In her debut novel, Valerie Tack unpicks skilfully how a young woman, marked by life, slowly but surely turns into a cold-blooded murderer.
In 'Rozeke', we follow the ups and downs in the life of an Antwerp entrepreneur in the Belle Époque. In figurative language, Van der Stighelen describes how his namesake climbs the social ladder, but struggles on a personal level with himse...
Petra Thijs grants us a glimpse behind the scenes in the art world, with the remarkable life story of the life model for Edouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l'herbe.
Hanan Faour, a Dutch author with Lebanese roots, has written a moving story about what it is like to discover the land of her father and brother.
Since the original Dutch version of this book came out in January 2019 it has dominated the bestseller lists.
This literary debut contains hardly any suspense, hardly any story to recount, but plenty of space to grieve.
Christina and Tom face the same dilemma: what to put first, each other or their careers in art?
A melancholic and funny debut novel about people who tend to follow the herd but still want to be noticed.
In his first novel 'Vijd' Jonas Bruyneel paints a vibrant portrait of the Burgundian family who commissioned the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' of the Van Eyck brothers.
In Was (Wax), debut author Jilt Jorritsma eschews linear time, constructing a mysterious and fascinating story.
A simple press report about a death in a commune inspired Blees to write her debut novel.
They are a colourful and curious bunch, the artists that Hans Depelchin assembles in his debut novel Weekdier (Mollusc).
The dullness of office life prompts workers to work as little as possible. With 'Xerox', Fien Veldman has written a debut about one such ‘quiet quitter’.