A Visit to the Pope

On 21 November, Pope Benedict XVI is receiving a number of writers and artists from different countries, including Dutch authors Cees Nooteboom and Kader Abdolah. In August, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, announced that a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and a large number of modern artists would take place. He announced that this meeting is intended to promote dialogue with the aim of healing the rift that has developed between the Church and modern art. An overview of Nooteboom’s titles that have been translated into Italian is available here.

Nooteboom’s debut novel, Philip en de anderen (Philip and the Others), came out in 1955. He was twenty-two years old at the time. Where did the inspiration come from? READ MORE

Nooteboom has written about the phenomenon many times, about why it is that he always wants to pack his suitcases again. READ MORE

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Cees Nooteboom is known primarily for his novels and his travel books. As far as he is concerned, however, poetry comes first. READ MORE

Many of Nooteboom’s essays deal with art, particularly those branches with a visual focus: painting, architecture, film and photography. READ MORE