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Khalid Boudou

Khalid Boudou was born in Tamsamane, Morocco, in 1974 and moved to the Netherlands at the age of four. His award-winning first book Het schnitzelparadijs (The Schnitzel Paradise) was the best-selling debut novel of 2001. In this multicultural comedy, a young Moroccan-Dutch man dismisses his father's dream of him becoming a doctor. Instead he gets a job washing dishes in a restaurant. It was made into a very successful film, breaking Dutch box-office records.

Khalid Boudou describes himself as a kind of "cabaret artist on paper." His second novel De President is a witty, satiric critique on contemporary politics governed by opportunism, favouritism and the media. In a style compared to Franz Kafka and Jerzy Kosinski, it tells the story of an illegal asparagus picker who unwittingly becomes president of a country called Zapland. He presents his vision of society using metaphors of his work.

In Boudou's third novel, PizzaMaffia, he brings his humorous approach to younger readers in a musical style full of slang, rap and sms-speak. He's also written for the theatre, and presented a radio column as well as a popular television programme.

In his contribution to Radio Books, Boudou again casts a critical eye on society. Wim Beckman spent his life as a social worker until he was fired. After some years he returns to the streets of the city where he worked and tells his tale to anyone who will listen

Vlaams Nederlands Huis de Buren Radio Netherlands The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature

This author's Radio Book:

Khalid Boudou
The city must know everything

The social worker Beckman is made redundant after many years of faithful service. In the city centre, where he has always worked, he finds himself recognising many of his former clients. He is determined to let the city know that over the years he has made an important contribution towards it, but all his attempts to make the inhabitants aware of this are met with unwillingness and irritation. After so many years of effort he refuses to accept this and personally discovers that the 'divide between an ex-social worker and a hooligan is apparently very thin'.

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