Maurice Gilliams 
Author

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Maurice Gilliams 
Author

* 20.06.1900, Antwerp, Belgique
18.10.1982, Antwerp, Belgique

When Maurice Gilliams (1900-1982) won the Grand Prize for Literature in 1980, many a newspaper journalist was at a loss: as far as the press was concerned Gilliams had always been ‘the Great Unknown’ of Dutch-language literature. But in the literary world itself Gilliams’s work was considered not only an inside tip but also a milestone in the development of the novelist’s art.

In 1936 Gilliams’s Elias of het gevecht met de nachtegalen (Elias or the Struggle with the Nightingales) had ushered in a new, strongly suggestive way of writing and a novelistic structure based on the sonata. The critics called the book a ‘melting pot of genres’: Gilliams’s prose is close to poetry and driven by what he himself called ‘an essayistic motivation’.

Gilliams has been a major influence for a number of Dutch and Flemish authors - amongst them Charlotte Mutsaers, Stefan Hertmans and Erwin Mortier, but his work remains unique in Dutch literature. His diaries, which were published in his lifetime, also reveal that Gilliams was one of the first writers in Flanders or the Netherlands to obsessively address the question ‘what is writing?’.

Publications
  • Landelijk solo

    gedichten

    1927

  • Eenzame vroegte

    gedichten

    1928

  • De flesch in zee

    gedichten

    1929

  • Het Maria-leven

    gedichten

    1933

  • Het verleden van Columbus

    gedichten

    1933

  • Verzen

    gedichten

    1936

  • Tien gedichten

    gedichten

    1954

  • Vita brevis I - IV

    verzamelde werken

    Brugge / Den Haag: Orion / Scheltens & Giltay, 1955-58

  • Bronnen der slapeloosheid

    gedichten

    1958

  • Gedichten 1919-1958

    1965

  • Vita brevis

    Gedichte

    Übertragen von Heinz Graef

    Antwerpen: Librairie des Arts, 1965

  • Der Mann am Fenster

    Tagebuchnotizen

    autorisierte deutsche Uebertragung von Georg Hermanowski

    Bonn: Bibliotheca christiana, 1967

  • Elias oder das Gefecht mit den Nachtigallen

    1930-1935

    mit einem Essay von Charlotte Mutsaers

    Berlin: Friedenauer Presse, 1997

Prix
  • 1980 Grote Prijs van de Nederlandse Letteren

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