JONAH FALKE - BONTEBRUG (2016)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Robert is from a rural area, called De Achterhoek – think barn parties, mopeds, endless skies. Now he is a student at the Arts School, under the guidance of the ‘god of painters’, Josef Schwartz.
Robert has to make a choice: between the poplar trees of his home turf and the city lights; between a carefree life and unbridled ambition; between a long-distance relationship with the beautiful Brona and the mistress of his mentor.
Bontebrug is a classic coming- of-age novel, hurled on paper by a born writer.
GOOD TO KNOW
* Our major fall debut: about being an artist and the clash between the city and the countryside
* A classic multi-talent: painter, musician, writer
* Filmmaker Ruub van Beele is working on a documentary about Jonah and his book
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonah Falke (1991) was born in rural Ulft and studied fine art painting at Artez School of Art. He had exhibitions in Holland and abroad and made a record, Self Made Woman, as a singer of the band Villa Zeno. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
In my final year at primary school they decided I was only suited for lower secundary education: ‘It’s best for him’. You are wise to give in to such a decision. Seesink College was situated a few miles from the red village; a big concrete building on the edge of a slightly larger village in De Achterhoek and a different world, a jungle. The place was known for being a mess, all scumbags from the area went there - teen girls, a kind of neo-nazi’s, Turks, but mainly farm kids.
Looking back I’m glad I was there. It looked like the real world. Which is more than you can say for the Art School.
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