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Jan Siebelink

Author of Knielen op een bed violen

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Works by Jan Siebelink

Knielen op een bed violen (2005) 934 copies
Suezkade (2008) 200 copies
Jas van belofte (2019) — Author — 178 copies
De overkant van de rivier (1990) 114 copies
Engelen van het duister (2001) 99 copies
Laatste schooldag (1994) 91 copies
Vera (1997) 70 copies
Margaretha (2002) 56 copies
Verdwaald gezin (1993) 50 copies
Margje roman (2015) 40 copies
Pijn is genot (1992) 35 copies
Oscar (2012) 35 copies
De buurjongen (2017) 34 copies
De blauwe nacht (2014) 32 copies
Een lust voor het oog (1977) 31 copies
Mijn leven met Tikker (1999) 29 copies
Zaailingen van violen (2007) 21 copies
De kwekerij : verhalen (2007) 18 copies
De hof van onrust (1984) 17 copies
Nachtschade (1975) 16 copies
Ereprijs : novelle (1986) 13 copies
Weerloos (1978) 12 copies
Brengschuld (2022) 10 copies
Daniël in de vallei (2013) 9 copies
Torticollis (2011) 8 copies
Mijn eerste liefde (2009) 8 copies
Een plek om te lezen (1999) — Author — 7 copies
Met afgewend hoofd (1986) 6 copies
Met een half oog (1992) 6 copies
Zomerse verhalen (1992) 6 copies
Oponthoud (1991) 5 copies
Conversaties (2011) 4 copies
Eigen teelt 2 copies
De mooiste zomerverhalen (2000) 2 copies
Drie verhalen 2 copies
Bergweg 17 Bosweg 19 (1999) 2 copies
Erfenis 2 copies
Zaailingen 1 copy
De achtste deur — Author — 1 copy
Familie 1 copy
Ruimzicht (2007) 1 copy
Sneller dan het hart (1990) 1 copy
Literatuur en cultuur — Author — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Siebelink, Jan
Legal name
Siebelink, Jan Geurt
The Netherlands
Country (for map)
The Netherlands
Velp, The Netherlands
Places of residence
Velp, The Netherlands
Ede, The Netherlands
Franse taal- en letterkunde
Teacher Dutch and French language
Siebelink, Gerda (echtg.)
Siebelink, Jeroen (zoon)
Awards and honors
Littéraire Witte Prijs (1997)
Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (2009)
Short biography
Jan Geurt Siebelink (Velp, 13 februari 1938) is een Nederlandse schrijver en essayist.
Siebelink groeide op in een streng-godsdienstig christelijk gezin. Hij werd leraar Nederlands en Frans en studeerde in zijn vrije tijd Franse taal- en letterkunde. Naast zijn leraarsbaan begon hij te schrijven en bracht hij een aantal romans en verhalen voort.
Zijn belangrijkste romans zijn: De herfst zal schitterend zijn; En joeg de vossen door het staande koren; De overkant van de rivier; Vera; Margaretha en de bestseller Knielen op een bed violen.
In het laatstgenoemde boek vertelt Siebelink over de godsdienstige kring waar zijn vader toe behoorde en hoe hij daar zelf bij betrokken werd.
Van Knielen op een bed violen waren in 2008 meer dan 500.000 exemplaren verkocht. In september 2009 kwam de vijftigste druk uit.
Naast zijn literaire werk schreef Siebelink ook essays over decadente Franse literatuur. Hij is woonachtig in Ede.



Een lust voor het oog is the first novel published in 1977 by Jan Siebelink. His debut was published two yearsearlier in the form of a collection of short stories. The novels and short stories of Siebelink can de roughly divided into two categories: works that center on the strict religious background of his family and their family history, and works about teachers. Een lust voor het oog belongs to this second category.

Siebelinks school centered stories often have elements of the grotesk. The central persona, often a teacher of French language, is often portrayed as a stylish, affluent person, surrounded by caricatures of peculiar or even mad colleages and a weak principal. The development of the story is surrealistisch.

Swijgman starts working as a teacher at a school near his hometown. The school and the small community are a nest of intrigue. His initiation as a teacher takes place in an atmosphere of gossip, jealousy and backstabbing, which becomes as actual act in a play acted out on stage. Thus, life is turned into a absurd play. The best Swijgman can do is walk away.
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edwinbcn | 2 other reviews | Oct 29, 2023 |
With Brengschuld Jan Siebelink returns to the garden company of his parents that was the scene of his bestselling novel Knielen op een bed violen and with it to the oppresive atmosphere of the sectarian strict religion of his youth.

While Brengschuld is a very short novel, there are a very large number of characters, and since I read the other book more than 10 years ago, it was difficult to get a grip on this new book. Besides, the book is narrated in reverse chronological order and / or with flash backs, a confusing structure. Although the explanation of the title is clear from the book, the significance is obscure.

A vague and dissatisfactory novel.
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edwinbcn | 2 other reviews | Oct 25, 2023 |
The story of Suezkade is remarkably straightforward and simple for a book of nearly 400 pages. Most chapters are very short and the book is very readable.

Marc Cordesius is a young teacher who starts teaching French at a school after an introduction by a friend. Although inexperienced and not trained as a teacher, he seems to have a natural talent for teaching. Himself independently wealthy, he does not need the job for a living, so he can avoid school politics and speak his mind relatively freely. Intellectually superior to the other teachers, the head master has a high esteem of Cordesius and shields him from affairs in the school. The microcosmos of the school is a bit of a moral cesspool that the idealistic Cordesius has strayed into.

It is up to the reader to decide to what extent Cordesius is corrupted by the school. His actions have clear precedent at the school, and it is only from the perspective of the reader to decide whether Cordesius isn't just as perfidious as his predecessors and colleagues.

Likewise, the role of the student he adores is highly ambiguous. Love seems to be tainted and desctructive, and Cordesius cannot escape its tentacles.
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edwinbcn | 5 other reviews | Dec 21, 2022 |
mslourens | 23 other reviews | Dec 27, 2020 |



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