To say that Sebastiaan Chabot comes from a renowned family in Dutch literature, is to make the understatement of the year. His father Bart has been a well-known poet and novelist for decades and his brother Splinter also scored a major bestseller. Sebastiaan seems to be the most thoughtful writer amongst the Chabots. His work is explorative in a slow way: the writer and his characters are constantly on the lookout for what’s there and what’s not and where the two of those meet, it turns into literature.
His debut novel De slaap die geen uren kent has been nominated for the prestigious Anton Wachter Prijs in the Netherlands: which celebrates the best debut in Dutch literature. The book is about four generations of the Kuschfeld family. We first meet greatgrandfather Kurt, working as utility man for streetlamps back in his day. Then we fast forward to the brothers Victor and Benjamin, who live in contemporary The Hague. The boys are obsessed with the oil painted portrait of Kurt, that hangs in their house. It is on this foundation that Chabot builds a psychological novel that twirls around characters that only start missing things when they’re not there anymore.
Sebastiaan Chabot (1989) is a Dutch writer. He studied Creative Writing at New York University where he graduated under Jonathan Safran Foer.
Sebastiaan Chabot has been nominated for the Anton Wachter Prize.
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