Jan Wolkers

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Jan Wolkers, 1995

Jan Hendrik Wolkers (born October 26, 1925 in Oegstgeest , † October 19, 2007 in Westermient on Texel ) was a Dutch writer and artist. For post-war Dutch literature , he was referred to as one of De Grote Vier (The Big Four). De Grote Vier consist of Willem Frederik Hermans , Harry Mulisch , Gerard Reve and Jan Wolkers.


Wolkers has lived in Westermient on the island of Texel since 1980. His art objects have often been victims of vandalism . Examples of this are the Auschwitz Monument in Amsterdam and the monument on the dike near Ceres on Texel. The fact that Wolkers worked a lot with glass probably played a role. In response to the destruction of the monument near Ceres in 2003, Wolkers announced that he would use less glass and more steel instead. The Jac. P. Thijsse monument in a pond in Den Burg on Texel actually contains more steel, even if glass still takes up a lot of space in the work of art.

His best-known literary works in Germany are the novel Terug naar Oegstgeest , which was filmed by Theo van Gogh , as well as the novels De Kus and Turks Fruit (German: Turkish fruits ), whose film adaptation by Paul Verhoeven was nominated for an Oscar in 1973 and was nominated for Best in 1999 Dutch Film of the Century was awarded.


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