Literary festival Het Grote Gebeuren takes place every year since nine years. This year it will be on the 9th of November at the Forum Film Theatre in the city centre at the Hereplein. Wellknown and starting Dutch authors are invited for readings, talks and discussions. The festival also aims for an international program. This year Dutch authors Jaap Robben en Nina Weijers will be interviewd about the translations in English of their recent works.
Also there will be talks with Nino Haratischwili, Dorthe Nors and Ben Smith in English.
The Eight Life (for Brilka): six romances, one revolution, the story of the century.
At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste …
Tumbling down the years, and across vast expanses of longing and loss, generation after generation of this compelling family hears echoes and sees reflections. Great characters and greater relationships come and go and come again; the world shakes, and shakes some more, and the reader rejoices to have found at last one of those glorious old books in which you can live and learn, be lost and found, and make indelible new friends.
‘His father’s breath had been loud in the small room. It had smelled smoky, or maybe more like dust. ‘I’ll get out,’ he’d said. ‘I’ll come back for you, ok?’ The boy remembered that; had always remembered it. And, for a time, he’d believed it too.’
In the North Sea, far from what remains of the coastline, a wind farm stretches for thousands of acres.
The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory.
So too is the Boy’s father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared.
The boy has been sent by the Company to take his place, but the question of where he went and why is one for which the Old Man will give no answer.
As the Old Man dredges the sea for lost things, the Boy sifts for the truth of his missing father. Until one day, from the limitless water, a plan for escape emerges…
Doggerland is a haunting and beautifully compelling story of loneliness and hope, nature and survival.
DORTHE NORS is one of the most original voices of contemporary Danish letters. She has written two celebrated short story collections, Karate Chop and Wild Swims, as well as one novella and five novels, including the most recent: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (2016), which was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.
Nors’s short stories have appeared in countless publications, including Harper’s Magazine, Boston Review, AGNI, and Guernica. She is the first Danish writer to ever have a story published in The New Yorker.
In 2011, she was awarded the Danish Arts Agency’s Three Year Grant for “her unusual and extraordinary talent.” In 2014, her story collection Karate Chop won the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize. Nors’s latest novel, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, was published to rave reviews in 2016.
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize.
Nors’s latest short story collection, Wild Swims, was published by Gyldendal in August 2018.
Het Grote Gebeuren starts at 19.30 PM on the 9th of November. Tickets are for sale at Het Groninger Forum at their location Hereplein 73 and on their website. Tickets are available for students for € 10,-, Library members € 15,- and others € 20. At the door tickets are priced, if still available, € 15,- for students, € 25,- for library members and € 30,- for others.