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Wessel te Gussinklo

Wessel te Gussinklo (b. 1941) studied psychology in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 1986 he published his first novel, The Forbidden Garden, which was crowned with the Anton Wachter Prize. His second novel, The Assignment (1995), was awarded the Lucy B. en C.W. van Hoogt Prize, the ECI Prize and the F. Bordewijk Prize and nominated for the Libris Literature Prize and De Gouden Uil (The Golden Owl). His novel Very Bright Light was shortlisted for the AKO Literature Prize in 2014. The following year saw the publication of the culturo-philosophical essay We Shall Match God, and 2016 the essay collection Five Stars for the Soup Kitchen. In 2016 he was awarded the C.C.S. Crone Prize for his complete oeuvre. In 2017, his highly praised novel The Returned Flower was longlisted for both the Libris Literature Prize and the Bookspot Literature Prize. In February 2019, The Fraud was published to universal acclaim. The novel won the Bookspot Literature Prize and the Zeeland Province Book Prize, and is currently shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize.

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The Fraud

Awarded with the BookSpot Literature Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize 2020

Ewout Meyster is seventeen years old and thinks he understands the world and life in it, and someday he’ll show that to his naïve friends. He wants to astound them, but also the world, with his ‘performances’ on streets and squares. In conversations with his friends, he explains how to become a real personality, and what you have to do to become important and not remain ‘insignificant’. The importance of these conversations for Ewout, mirroring the ‘insignificant’ friend across from him, lies in exercising his superiority and at the same time seeing it proven. In The Fraud, Ewout imagines himself total master of the situation, just as he is subjected to the strong headwinds of his own depressions and his fears.

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