Jaap Robben

s nachts verdwijnt de wereld
2016
De Geus
With illustrations by Merel Eyckerman
Awards & nominations
Translations
Adaptations

At Night the World Disappears

Jaap Robben doesn’t write specifically for an age, but for everyone in particular. In ‘s Nachts verdwijnt de wereld (At Night the World Disappears). In his poetry, the boundary between children and adults is non-existent. For this collection, a selection was made of his 25 best poems from previously published collections. Modern classics such as Zullen we een bos beginnen? (Shall we start a forest?) and Vier vingers en een duim (Four fingers and a thumb). But also, for example, the poem Schemerleven (Twilight Life) that Jaap wrote for deceased children who didn’t have a funeral. That poem can also be read printed on a bench at Rustoord cemetery in Nijmegen. The intimate and soft prints by Merel Eyckerman make the collection a special little gem.

"Robben’s writing is nonchalant, or so it seems. But his rhythmic lines are held together loosely by barely noticeable rhyme. And that light, melancholic pen can cut unexpectedly deep."
— Trouw newspaper
"The universal character, the ability to appeal to the imagination of readers of all ages, is proof of Robben’s skill. Robben’s poems possess a rare tenderness. They seem light-hearted at first, because he approaches his subjects with an almost childlike open-mindedness, but they keep resonating long after."
— 8weekly
"I read the collection ‘s Nachts verdwijnt de wereld (At Night the World Disappears) from beginning to end with a smile on my face, and that’s seldom the case with poetry. Jaap Robben intrigues, moves and amazes at times, but not by trying to be complicated, magisterial or innovative. The power of his poetry lies precisely in its accessibility, the clear language he uses and recognisable situations of/for young and old. This collection contains poems that sound nice and are pleasant to read and re-read. I hope everyone who wants to pass on poetry to others will carry this book in their pockets."
— Tzum

Contact

Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

 
Voor persverzoeken rondom Schemerleven kunt u contact opnemen met Charlotte van Arnhem:
c.van.arnhem@singeluitgeverijen.nl
 

Contact

Jaap Robben is represented by Michaël Roumen. For inquiries and requests, please send an email to: michael@michaelroumen.com 
P.O. Box 92
2501 CB The Hague
The Netherlands 

 
For press requests concerning Afterlight (Schemerleven) novel you can contact Charlotte van Arnhem:
c.van.arnhem@singeluitgeverijen.nl