Gaby den Held - Prose
 
 
 
GABY DEN HELD
           
                         
NEDERLANDS
PROSE 
 
CHARLIE DARK

The novel Charlie Dark is a tragic love story, 
but also a magic realist tale. 

Ángel Flores is in love with Charlie Dark. 
He recognizes in him his childhood friend. 
But is he really him?  
  
Video's:
Charlie Dark Promo (01:03) 
Charlie Dark Trailer (02:11) 
Besides, I had wings now (03:20)
My fledgling wings (02:15)

Interview:
NATHAN BENILLOUCHE:"Equal relationships are like the Cold War"
Interview with the fictional characters Ángel Flores and Nathan Benillouche
Interviewer: Saskia Morgenstern 

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The fairy-tale like prose of Gaby den Held is colorful and cinematic. His style is accessible and clear, without literary tinkering. How bizarre and grotesque the stories sometimes may seem, they always have one foot in reality, like in a magical realist painting. Are the stories fairy tales or romance novels? Is it magic realism or surrealism? Coming of age perhaps? It doesn’t matter. These are stories that the child, who is always present in the adult, would like to hear. They tempt you, move you, but they also mislead you. The tales bring you in so pleasant an atmosphere that you only notice the bitter astringency and the darkness when it's too late. And then you're right in the middle of it.


REÜNIE (Reunion)
MAAN (Moon)
ALEX STANOVSKY
CHARLIE DARK

MAAN (MOON)

This imaginative novel is not exactly the typical teenage love story. 
Moon lives with his eccentric mother, Saskia, the widow of the wealthy 
merchant Lambert Humalda, in a big house on the edge of the Frisian 
Dantumadiel. Rick is in love with the beautiful Moon, but becomes 
confused when he tells him that he is really a girl. This is just the 
beginning of a chain of unfortunate adventures that takes them along 
harassing rugby players, noble frog people and the Amsterdam 
underworld.

Gwen Muylaert (Meerkat Magazine):
What a pleasant surprise Moon is. Gaby den Held delivers a haunting debut novel, 
caught between a fairy tale and rock hard realism. Again and again he sketches in
just a few pen strokes an atmosphere, a feeling. The language is colorful and 
cinematic, but goes straight to the point.

Ton van den Born (het Continuüm):
I see the movie for me, Moon walking towards Rik in the She Lion Fashion 
Store, years after they've last seen each other. My advice: before the movie 
comes, read the book first​.

Laguage: Dutch
Size: 12.5 x 20 cm. (4.7 x 7.9 inches)
Pages: 170
Retail Price: € 16.50
ISBN 978 90 8684 124 0
Release Date: November 5, 2015, published by IJZER

Video's:
MAAN Teaser (00:47)
MAAN Trailer (03:42)

Soundclip:
First encounter Moon and Rik (03:01)

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REUNION

Dorian Pots and Titus Balkenhol were the bullies of the seventh grade class, 
year 1984 of the Lombardus school. Twenty five years later there is a reunion 
with eight former classmates. They have planned a special surprise for them.

Reünie (Reunion) will be published fall 2017 by IJzer 


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ALEX STANOVSKY

Alex Stanovsky runs to Utrecht Central Station on his way to the Typhoon 
firm where he has a job interview. On the train he meets a man who 
accompanies him to an office. It appears that the interview takes place 
there. He is hired as a personal assistant of Ms. Beyer-Garratt. Gradually 
it dawns on him that the train is a society in itself and he is now part of that 
society. But will he ever be able to leave?


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