‘Literature Makes People Special'. The Work of Jan Siebelink
(Daan Cartens) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 218-225
‘My novels are always about ordinary people, but by shining an intense light on them they become detached from reality and turn into enigmatic characters. Literature should make people special', according to Jan Siebelink on his website. He succeeds in his self-imposed task by means of his own passion and the intensity of his prose. In his fiction (autobiographical or not) he knows how to make people special, how to anchor people irrevocably in their time and place. And that in turn makes his writing unique and an absolute must for an ever growing number of readers. (with a translated extract from White Chrysanthemums)
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