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Kamiel Vanhole
The Garden

In many stories Kamiel Vanhole enjoyed playing with literary conventions, often commenting directly on the writing process. In his story for Radiobooks, a man looks back at his childhood but also expresses why he feels the need to turn his life into a narrative.

“Some people say we tell each other stories to give form and therefore meaning to our lives... Others argue that stories contain our deepest secret, things we can only tell each other in whispers, because they contain things about us which we don't even want to know. Because we're ashamed of them or because they are beyond our understanding. Whatever the case may be, my story is one which I would have preferred not to have told… but I also know I can't go on if I don't get it out of my system."

The Garden by Kamiel Vanhole was translated by Michael O’Loughlin.

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Kamiel Vanhole

Kamiel Vanhole (1954-2008) studied German philology at the Catholic University Leuven. He made his literary debut in 1990 with a collection of travel stories called Een demon in Brussel (A Demon in Brussels). His first novel De beet van de schilpad (The Bite of the Turtle) was published three years later. His novel Overstekend wild (Animal Crossing) was honoured with the Flemish-Brabant Prize. Bea, his last book, is a Dantesque trip through the realm of the dead in Brussels.

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