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  • Where We Came From
    Where We Came From
    From Where We Came
    Fighting with lines
    De Standaard

    Carmien Michels has a history on stage. She won the Dutch Poetry Slam Championship, came in third at the Poetry Slam World Championship and became the European Champion later that year. Her debut poetry collection bears witness to the way her poetry grew on stage.

  • Niemandslandnacht
    Niemandslandnacht
    No Man's Land Night
    Unsettling poetry that fascinates by its stupefying sensuous power
    De Standaard

    'No Man's Land Night' is not really a whodunnit, but the main character's quest for an answer to the question ‘Where do I come from?’ triggers an adventurous story full of surprises and inventive associations. Annemarie Estor depicts and critiques a dystopian world that is magical and exotic, but at the same time terrifyingly recognizable.

  • Cover - Hinterland
    Cover - Hinterland
    Hinterland
    This novel grabs you by the scruff of the neck.
    De Morgen

    'Hinterland’ is a claustrophobic novel about solidarity and individuality, which makes us think about the way we treat the earth and our fellow man. If that world becomes a world that can no longer accommodate us all: who gets to stay and who doesn’t, who belongs to ‘our group’? 

     

  • Cover of At Home in Music
    Cover of At Home in Music
    At Home in Music
    Love for music, captured in gently flowing sentences.
    De Standaard

    Does music enrich humanity and society? Over time, philosophers have considered this question with a great deal of scepticism. Alicja Gescinska is convinced that music is more uplifting than it is pernicious.

  • Odes
    This passionate admirer is generous and always worth reading.
    HUMO

    Odes to spring, to Leonard Cohen, to the cleaning lady, to failure, to Kofi Annan and of course to love. Whatever his topic, Van Reybrouck drops his guard completely in his subtle and poignant odes.

  • Cover of Intimacy
    Cover of Intimacy
    Intimacy
    This book is not about sex.
    Psychologie Magazine

    An intimate love relationship makes people happy, but why is it so hard to find let alone maintain? In this book Paul Verhaeghe offers a different take on intimacy.

  • Cover of The Climate is Us
    Cover of The Climate is Us
    The Climate is Us
    What Anuna and Kyra are doing is so important.
    Greta Thunberg

    In 'The Climate Is Us' these two young activists reach out a hand to each of us: to politicians and policy makers, to parents and grandparents, to their peers. They call for change, because the clock is ticking.

  • Cover Rabbit and Hedgehog
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    Rabbit and Hedgehog
    Pieters invests Rabbit and Hedgehog with both a heart and a soul
    NRC Handelsblad

    Rabbit and Hedgehog are sworn friends. In these short stories, they ponder life, their friendship, the meaning of ‘later’, and always go back to each other after an argument. In the tradition of Arnold Lobel’s ‘Frog and Toad’ and Toon Tellegen’s animal fables, Paul Verrept and Nils Pieters have created two lovely new characters to cherish. 

  • Cover The Book of Life
    Cover The Book of Life
    The Book of Life
    A book to cherish
    MappaLibri on 'Fabeldieren' by Floortje Zwigtman

    In ‘The Book of Life’ Floortje Zwigtman and Sassafras De Bruyn take a light-hearted look at everything to do with having a baby. Citing facts and legends from around the world, they show that wherever you go having a child is an event that gives rise to stories. Funny, lively and brimming with both facts and fiction, ‘The Book of Life’ is one of a kind.

  • Cover Ans & Wilma Are Lost
    Cover Ans & Wilma Are Lost
    Ans & Wilma Are Lost
    A picture book full of crazy dialogue and vivid images providing hours of narrative fun
    MappaLibri

    This story started off as a theatrical performance, which is reflected in the humorous dialogue and sharp, staccato lines. The bright colours in the illustrations complement the theatrical story exceptionally well. A pleasure to look at, with vivid colours, comical characters and imaginative details.

  • Cover 'Ironhead'
    Cover 'Ironhead'
    Ironhead
    His language roars, rumbles and crackles. Only a born storyteller can write like this.
    NRC Handelsblad

    In the figure of the wonderfully defiant Stans, Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem creates an unforgettable character, and subtly brings topical issues such as gender and identity into an extremely convincing historical setting. Ghent, Paris, Vienna and the battlefields near the Danube come to life in his sensuous language, so much so that the reader can smell the blood, taste the beer and feel the cannons in his belly.

  • Cover The Towers of Beirut Paul Verrept
    Cover The Towers of Beirut Paul Verrept
    The Towers of Beirut
    Verrept needs just a few words to evoke the drama of far-reaching events.
    MappaLibri

    Fifteen-year-old Nabila has had enough of the monotonous life in her village. Egged on by the spirit in her head – her djinn – she travels to Beirut as a stowaway in her uncle’s taxi. Verrept sketches the hopelessness of life on the street in a city torn by both war and the widening gap between rich and poor. The greyish images with powerful charcoal lines and sombre colouring accentuate the dark threats to the city.

  • Cover Marc Reugebrink Salt
    Cover Marc Reugebrink Salt
    Salt
    An exceptionally sensory narrative that revels in language ****
    De Volkskrant

    ‘Salt’ is a comedy, a rollercoaster of absurd incidents that shows mankind at its worst. This dystopia is situated in an unspecified past, but manages to describe our own age in an eerily compelling way.

  • Cover 1942
    Cover 1942
    1942
    This book will resonate for a long time and I do hope it will have a healing effect on society.
    DeWereldMorgen

    This book is more than a reconstruction of a forgotten war year. It offers a new way of understanding World War II, which raises questions that reach far beyond the pitch-black year of 1942. Set against this startling background, the author examines the past, as well as the acceptance and denial of what came to pass.

  • Cover The Ghosts
    Cover The Ghosts
    The Ghosts
    A sobering novel of ideas
    Knack

    A philosophical book that challenges the motivations of western aid workers in Africa, and at the same time an account of an idealistic, lonely western man who is incapable of exorcising the ghosts from his past.

  • Cover Night Parents Saskia de Coster
    Cover Night Parents Saskia de Coster
    Night Parents
    A book of epic proportions *****
    De Volkskrant

    'Night Parents' is a swirling mix of intimate night-time conversations, brooding diary excerpts, meaningful flashbacks and scenes filled with slapstick, culminating in a gothic novel complete with sawn-off fingertips and family secrets.

  • Cover International Bakery
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    International Bakery (Formerly Cinema Royale)
    Uncomfortable conclusions alternate with vivid images
    Het Parool

    The international bakery appears to be a place where freedom and civil rights prevail. The whole world comes together here. Nolens has written a distinctly political and contemporary pamphlet, an attack on our individualistic society. He portrays the poetic and multi-layered quest of an individual who seeks to connect with the fluctuating forms of community in a city.

  • Cover Cursed Wood
    Cover Cursed Wood
    Cursed Wood
    A scintillating novel ****
    De Standaard

    In ‘Cursed Wood’ Johan de Boose gives voice to an object rather than a human being. A piece of wood, originally from the Cross of Christ, travels through Europe. The reader is taken on a journey past the most dramatic events in European history, all of which the wood has witnessed.

  • Cover Bart Van Loo The Burgundians
    Cover Bart Van Loo The Burgundians
    The Burgundians
    Bart Van Loo is in top form. The Burgundians is impossible to put down and hits like a sledgehammer. A masterpiece.
    De Morgen

    ‘The Burgundians’ takes the reader on a journey through a thousand years of European history, calling at cities such as Dijon, Paris, Lille, Ghent, Bruges and Delft, up to the time when the Seventeen Provinces arose and the Burgundian Empire came to an end. It tells a scintillating account of pyres and banquets, plagues and jousts, Joan of Arc, Jan van Eyck, Philip the Good and the Golden Fleece.

  • Cover 'Yasmina and the Potato Eaters'
    Cover 'Yasmina and the Potato Eaters'
    Yasmina and the Potato Eaters
    A feast for the eyes. Mannaert is one of the stars of the contemporary graphic novel
    Enola

    Yasmina's father is struggling to make ends meet, but luckily Yasmina knows the right people and places so she can serve him a delicious meal every day. But one day an addictive type of potato appears on the market with rather strange consequences for those who eat them. When her father falls victim to this mystery as well Yasmina decides that enough is enough.

  • Cover 'Portrait of a Boozehound'
    Cover 'Portrait of a Boozehound'
    Portrait of a Boozehound
    A brilliant, wry and funny debunking of the pirate genre
    Knack Focus

    Guy is a pirate. And a boozehound, a liar, a lazybones, a thief and a murderer. We follow his exploits as he staggers through life. This first collaboration between Olivier Schrauwen and French duo Ruppert & Mulot results in visual fireworks.

  • Cover 'Deathfix'
    Cover 'Deathfix'
    Deathfix
    Hilarious and thrilling in equal measure
    Tzum

    Gus is a rising star in Russian football. As the trainer of Sporting Club Moscow he is having the perfect season and the Champions League trophy is within reach. But then the Chinese mafia gets involved and things get too hot for Gus. With 'Deathfix' Nix & Benus have created a crime story full of black humour.

  • Your Inner Dog
    Like an empathetic etcher Casaer goes in search of the canine side of human nature
    Stripgids

    In 'Your Inner Dog' a man wearing a dog mask tells a series of different characters what kind of dog is inside them, and what that means, carefully analysing their flaws and innermost secrets. Casaer knows how to identify any sensitive issues, move the reader and even make them laugh out loud at times. A real gem that delves deep into the human psyche.

  • Cover of Wildekid
    Cover of Wildekid
    Wildekid
    Wildekids' biggest trump card is its playful, multi-layered text.
    Theaterkrant

    A bitter-sweet tale of poverty and its presence in the world of two inseparable children. Both heart-warming and heart-rending, with playful humour and plenty of imagination, two fierce firecrackers find each other in a priceless friendship.

  • Cover 'The Little King'
    Cover 'The Little King'
    The Little King
    A beautiful and refreshingly written Christmas story
    MappaLibri

    The unusual premise, Jan De Leeuw’s humour and light-hearted narrative style and the playful illustrations by Mattias De Leeuw make this winter fairy tale so much more than just another adaptation of the Christmas story. It is a book about giving and taking, with a touch of magic.

  • Cover When the water breaks
    Cover When the water breaks
    When the Water Breaks
    Empathy is the raw material all his books are made of
    Humo

    This is the true story of a fisherman and his daughter, who fled their home country Vietnam some time ago. Hung crossed the ocean in his small fishing vessel to start a new life in a village behind a high sea wall. Quyen opened a successful restaurant, but is now struggling with an identity crisis.

  • Cover Back to Neerpelt
    Cover Back to Neerpelt
    Return to Neerpelt
    Lieve Joris views half the world as her village. Therein lies the universal and personal power of her books.
    Ons Erfdeel

    Lieve Joris has acquired an international reputation as an author of non-fiction travelogues. For many years she travelled around Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and more recently China, and considered the world to be her village. Now she has returned to Flanders, to Neerpelt, to the house by the canal where she grew up as the middle child in a chaotic family of nine.

  • Cover - The Blue Wings
    Cover - The Blue Wings
    The Blue Wings
    A great stylist, with an eye for detail and a knack for turning brief scenes into little gems
    De Standaard

    Jadran is five years older than Josh, but his head and his heart are those of a child much younger. When they find an injured young crane one day, Jadran wants to teach it to fly at any cost. The two boys go on a journey that is brave, adventurous and hopeless all at the same time. Poetic and sensitive without ever becoming sentimental.

  • Patricia
    An intimate, multi-layered female portrait
    De Morgen

    Astrid is a successful events manager and mother. When her iPhone falls into her son’s bath after a busy day at work, something snaps in her. Impulsively, she walks out of the house and drives out of her residential suburb. 

    In controlled prose, Peter Terrin sketches a surreal and oppressive portrait of a woman who loses it in an apparently safe and everyday environment. 

  • Cover 'Everyone's Sorry Nowadays'
    ALMA winner!
    Cover 'Everyone's Sorry Nowadays'
    ALMA winner!
    Everyone's Sorry Nowadays
    A master of suspense and of the subtle untangling of painful situations *****
    De Standaard

    Her mother thinks Bianca is a girl that requires special treatment. Her father thinks she is unmanageable. And Bianca herself? She doesn’t say a word. Until one hot afternoon in August, Billie King, her favourite actress, is sitting in the living room, sipping a cup of tea. With Billie King around, Bianca is brave enough to take a decision. Moeyaert creates an oppressive atmosphere, in which smouldering tensions can erupt any moment.

  • Cover 'The City of Belgium'
    Prix spécial du jury Angoulême
    Cover 'The City of Belgium'
    Prix spécial du jury Angoulême
    The City of Belgium
    Narrative prowess with great graphic power
    Comixtrip

    ‘The City of Belgium’ is set in the same nocturnal universe as Brecht Evens’ big breakthrough ‘The Wrong Place’, but the aftertaste is so much nastier. In a riot of colour and impressions, Evens shows himself to be both a master of his uniquely fantastic style and at capturing the mental darkness that masquerades as light-hearted.

  • Cover Tell Someone
    Cover Tell Someone
    Tell Someone
    An interesting new voice in European literature
    Die Zeit

    Amazigh, a young Moroccan, ends up behind bars after attempting to get his revenge on his French father. There’s only one way he’ll get out of prison: a one-way ticket to the French frontlines in World War I. Rachida Lamrabet tells a story that is forgotten all too often: that of the soldiers from the colonies who were swept up in a war that was not theirs.

  • Cover - The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    Cover - The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    Genius
    Die Zeit

    Calm Leon takes Otto on a journey through the world of colour. This Encyclopaedia Otto-colorista is a feast for the eyes: after the restrained grey, black and white, the pages are a riot of colour and detail and there is always something new to discover. An abundance of colour you can’t stop looking at.

  • Cover 'Everything Will Be Fine, Forever'
    Woutertje Pieterse Prize
    Cover 'Everything Will Be Fine, Forever'
    Woutertje Pieterse Prize
    Everything Will Be Fine, Forever
    Vereecken captures the harsh reality in poetic sentences. An extraordinarily strong novel ****
    Cutting Edge

    Summer 1914. Through the eyes of eleven-year-old Alice we see the increasing alarm among the grownups: war is said to be imminent. Alice’s naivety makes way for a brutal confrontation with reality, but ‘Everything Will Be Fine, Forever’ is first and foremost a celebration of life and hope.

  • Cover - Viktor
    Cover - Viktor

    Viktor, a recreational hunter, has long dreamt of shooting a cheetah. When he finally manages to, his happiness does not last long. At night, he dreams of the cheetahs that have lost a friend. He is overcome by an unparalleled feeling of empathy and remorse and thinks of a shrewd plan to make amends.

  • Cover Dochter
    Cover Dochter
    Daughter
    Shockingly raw and enchanting in equal measure *****
    Knack

    Daughter is a girl with learning disabilities. She does not recognise cruelty, or sexual abuse, when it is done to her, or when she does it to someone else. The events are shocking to the reader, but not to Daughter herself. The disconcerting effect of this contrast is reinforced by the book’s extremely efficient, economical style: brief chapters with short sentences that paint a clear and credible picture of the reasoning of a mentally deficient and vulnerable girl.

  • Cover - Cycling
    Cover - Cycling
    Cycling
    Emotions distilled in text and image about panic, trust, security and the fear of being abandoned
    De Standaard

    Bet is tired of her tricyle and wants to start cycling on a proper bike. But nobody is prepared to teach her. She is angry with everything and everyone. This intense and authentic book, with a style that borders on expressionism, earned Gregie De Maeyer the Flemish State Prize for Youth Literature.

  • Cover 'Devil's Herb'
    Cover 'Devil's Herb'
    Devil's Herb
    Fiendishly beautiful ****
    de Volkskrant

    Shepherd Yara has only known her grandmother, herbalist Tanne, for a few years. Slowly but surely Yara learns why Tanne’s parents, husband and even her own daughter have turned their backs on her. Meanwhile, Tanne is growing increasingly convinced that the devil is coming for her. A fascinating book that reveals the truth bit by bit and draws the reader into a world of magic.

  • Aldo
    A masterful first book ****
    Cutting Edge

    Aldo has been twenty-eight for three hundred years. Despite that lengthy period of time, he still does not have very good social skills. His whole family has been dead a long while and nobody believes he is immortal. But then he spots someone on television and recognises him from an encounter two hundred years ago. 

  • Cover - My House Is at the Zoo
    Cover - My House Is at the Zoo
    My House Is at the Zoo
    The illustrations are works of art in their own right
    Cutting Edge

    In his unique, varied and nostalgic style, Pieter Gaudesaboos gets Lotta, who lives at the zoo, to take the reader along for a day full of crazy activities. This is not simply a colourful book for reading aloud, but also a look-and-find book to teach children to look more closely at the illustrations.

  • Cover - Rivers - Peter Goes
    Cover - Rivers - Peter Goes
    Rivers
    ‘Rivers’ is a Peter Goes mix of stories, facts and icons that bring history to life with a sense of wonder and humour
    Julia Marshall, publisher Gecko Press

    All aboard for a fascinating voyage of discovery in and around the water! In ‘Rivers’ Peter Goes travels to the most famous seas, lakes and rivers across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Goes creates playful and extremely detailed double-page spreads in which text and image form a unified whole.

  • Here We Go Again (© Fred Debrock)
    Here We Go Again (© Fred Debrock)
    Here We Go Again (White Male Privilege)
    An intellectual mindfuck
    De Morgen

    The editorial board of Cult Weekly magazine has called a crisis meeting. The image of a black woman on the cover of their latest issue has unleashed a social media storm. How sincere or how arrogant and patronising is their social engagement really?

  • Cover - On the Road with Monkey
    Cover - On the Road with Monkey
    Monkey on the Run
    The pleasure of drawing leaps off the pages, which are packed with jokes
    MappaLibri

    Daddy Monkey and his son are on their way home on the banana bike. But it’s so busy, and everyone’s driving so slowly! And Monkey Junior is in the mood for monkeying about. He escapes from his safety seat and goes off to explore the traffic jam. The street is like a playground! This wordless picture book is full of stories and fantastic details in vibrant colours.

  • Cover - Laure Van den Broeck - Dancing in Deep Water
    Cover - Laure Van den Broeck - Dancing in Deep Water
    Dancing in Deep Water
    An extremely successful experiment with astute metaphor
    Mappalibri

    According to William Golding, if ‘Lord of the Flies’ were written with girls as the leading characters, they would never lower themselves to barbarism. Van den Broeck demonstrates in this powerful homage to Golding’s classic that this isn’t necessarily true.

  • Cover 'Whose Zoo?'
    Cover 'Whose Zoo?'

    An animal inside an animal inside an animal. Nothing is as it seems in this wordless look-and-find book. Geert Vervaeke plays masterfully with perspectives, compositions and positive and negative space. This book is one big optical illusion inspired by the Rorschach test and optical illusions.

  • Cover Before Forgetting
    Cover Before Forgetting
    Before Forgetting
    ‘Before Forgetting' is a dance. A painting of words. A hand touching our sorrow.
    De Standaard

    Peter Verhelst’s mother dies unexpectedly. He witnesses his father’s grief and must also find his own way of coping. Still, this is neither a book about mothers, nor a book about death, but rather a fervent ode to our floundering, tentative resistance to meaninglessness and sorrow. Verhelst struggles tooth and nail to create something vital—something that could continue to remind us, so that ultimately we can forget.

  • Cover of Unisono/Platina
    Cover of Unisono/Platina
    Unisono/Platina
    After this performance, you will feel somewhat revitalized. It is magic.
    Knack Focus

    ‘Unisono’ is an intimate monologue, performed by one actor in a minimalist setting. Whereas ‘Unisono’ tries to find words for loneliness, ‘Platina’ is an equally spare text about two people facing a final goodbye. It is the silence that speaks loudest – even if the woman ultimately breaks it with a veritable deluge of words that seek to express her love and pain.

  • The Father and the Philosopher - cover
    The Father and the Philosopher - cover
    The Father and the Philosopher. Saving the Husserl archives
    A story comparable to a novel by Umberto Eco or Dan Brown, except for the fact that it really happened
    De Volkskrant

    At first an exciting story about smuggling manuscripts set against the backdrop of the persecution of Jews before and during the Second World War, this book indirectly develops into a history of European philosophy in the twentieth century.

  • Cover Round the Block
    Cover Round the Block
    Round the Block
    Her illustrations are delicate, intimate and extremely beautiful.
    The Guardian on ‘When David Lost His Voice’

    In this stunning visual tour-de-force, much-lauded cartoonist and illustrator Judith Vanistendael reinvents herself. She returns to the essence: armed with scissors, glue, paper and a risograph printer, she creates the purest sequence possible. ‘Round the Block’ is an ode to fantasy and Vanistendael’s more than successful debut for a new target audience.

     

  • Cover The Global Sixties. A Cultural History
    Cover The Global Sixties. A Cultural History
    The Global Sixties. A Cultural History
    Magnificent book that honours all these coloured voices that are so often left out of the narrative
    vileine.com (Hadjar Benmiloud)

    A unique cultural history of the 1960s as a global phenomenon. This book deals with the usual counterculture suspects and the Flower Power generation, as well as the sensitivities and tastes of what American President Nixon called the Silent Majority. It takes into account the work of artists from Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia in a dazzling overview that puts the Sixties in a new perspective.