Stefan Hertmans wins Flemish Culture Prize for Literature

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Flemish author and poet Stefan Hertmans has won Flanders' annual Culture Prize for his book Oorlog en terpentijn, set during the First World War

 
Stefan Hertmans receives the Flemish Culture Prize for Literature from Joke Schauvliege

Author’s book is “a masterpiece”

The author, poet and playwright Stefan Hertmans has won the 2013 Flemish Culture Prize for Literature for his recently published book Oorlog en terpentijn (War and Turpentine). Flemish culture minister Joke Schauvliege announced the prize during Ghent’s Mind the Book festival last Friday.

Hertmans was born and raised in Ghent and set his book, which is based on his grandfather’s experiences in the First World War, in the city. His source material included diaries and sketchbooks left behind by his grandfather, who used his skills as an amateur painter to work through the heavy emotions and angst that the war left him with. Oorlog en terpentijn was widely acclaimed; Humo magazine called it “a masterpiece”.

Oorlog and terpentijn is a moving book for lovers of great literature,” said Schauvliege. “But Hertmans can really reach any reader in the way he shifts the boundaries of space and time and binds generations together.”

Hertmans, 52, has won multiple prizes over the years for his work, including the five-yearly Prize of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature for essays in 2008. He was for many years a lecturer at Ghent’s Fine Arts Academy.
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Author, poet and playwright Stefan Hertmans wins the 2013 Flemish Culture Prize for Literature for his recently published book War and Turpentine.

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