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Whisperers

Verbogt often uses autobiographical elements in his work. His contribution for Radiobooks has this very personal sensibility. During visits to a very sick friend, a man reflects on animal whisperers, baby whisperers and the intimate whispers exchanged between friends – past and present.

“When I was young I had a teddy bear and when I myself was learning to talk I made him talk too, but in a language which deviated from mine. I had him say the word honey in every sentence, as  I had seen in pictures that bears liked this, and as I had decided that my bear was an English bear, he also said yes very often, because that was the only English word I knew. No, not the only one. I also knew that no meant no, but my bear didn’t say no, just yes and always twice in a row, yes, yes. He was what we would now call a ‘positive bear’. The bear and I had long conversations and later I understood that I was talking to myself. I was a boy who wanted to say yes, yes, very often.”

Whisperers by Thomas Verbogt was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Biografie

Thomas Verbogt

Thomas Verbogt werd in 1952 geboren in Nijmegen. Hij schrijft romans, verhalen en toneelstukken, is columnist bij De Gelderlander, redacteur van het literaire poptijdschrift WAHWAH en al sinds jaar en dag regelmatig bij de VPRO-radio te horen. Ondanks zijn vele literaire tentakels en zijn inmiddels enorme oeuvre is Verbogt relatief onbekend bij het grote publiek. Zijn oeuvre, waarin kleine alledaagse ergernissen een grote rol spelen, kenmerkt zich door een sobere, licht melancholieke stijl en doet denken aan het neorealistische werk van schrijvers als Remco Campert en Bob den Uyl.

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