‘Joost Zwagerman would have surprised about his suicide’

‘Joost Zwagerman would have surprised about his suicide’

Joost Zwagerman would have been surprised at his own suicide, says David van Reybrouck. The Belgian historian, that the Dutch author worked, wonders what Zwagerman possessed.

“I have often thought: Joost, what are you still an idiot to her now, only to have them, and your other three children to do. But always also: Joost yet, what has you in the hell inspired that day?”, asks Van Reybrouck in conversation with the magazine Knack.

“Sometimes I think he’s now been surprised by his own suicide. I have when The World is Running By said, ” If it can, he dies for it already.'”

Van Reybrouck and Zwagerman worked briefly for the death of the author at a literary evening about suicide. To the project (the evening itself went in a modified form, red.) came to an end when Zwagerman himself at the age of 51 in september 2015, of life deprived.


“I fell back. I knew Joost in particular through his girlfriend Maaike, who I still am. It was not only the loss of a very good writer and a fine fellow, one of my best friends also lost her partner, ‘ says Reybrouck.

Zwagerman, whose father also committed suicide, spoke often against suicide. According to Reybrouck, that research has carried out on the subject of suicide, was the author of his dark thoughts to eradicate.

“Actually, he wrote those lyrics about suicide to themselves, from themselves – and not so much from themselves. As if he were his own suicide, he tried to curb.”

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