Gaby den Held - Prose
First manuscript

'And then your gaze! With bulging eyes it seems as if you completely have 
surrendered yourself. At such a moment you don't look like an angel 
anymore. Then you are a cat that has been driven into the corner. A corned 
prey that does not really surrender. A beast that, if I catch it, digs its claws 
into my flesh. You're playing a dangerous game.'
In the bars, streets and parks of Amsterdam and Paris, the story is told 
of a sensual love that turns into an obsession. Angel Floris thinks he 
recognises in Charlie Dark his childhood friend and falls desperately in love. 
Is he really him, or will Angel's fantasy world collide painfully with the harsh 

The fairy-tale like prose of Gaby den Held is colorful and cinematic. His style is accessible and clear, without literary tinkering. How bizarre and grotesque the stories sometimes may seem, they always have one foot in reality, like in a magical realist painting. Are the stories fairy tales or romance novels? Is it magic realism or surrealism? Coming of age perhaps? It doesn’t matter. These are stories that the child, who is always present in the adult, would like to hear. They tempt you, move you, but they also mislead you. The tales bring you in so pleasant an atmosphere that you only notice the bitter astringency and the darkness when it's too late. And then you're right in the middle of it.

REÜNIE (Reunion)
MAAN (Moon)

MAAN (Moon)
Debut novel

This imaginative novel is not exactly the typical teenage love story. 
Maan lives with his eccentric mother, Saskia, the widow of the wealthy 
merchant Lambert Humalda, in a big house on the edge of the Frisian 
Dantumadiel. Rick is in love with the beautiful Maan, but becomes 
confused when he tells him that he is really a girl. This is just the 
beginning of a chain of unfortunate adventures that takes them along 
harassing rugby players, noble frog people and the Amsterdam 

Gwen Muylaert (Meerkat Magazine):
What a pleasant surprise Maan is. Gaby den Held delivers a haunting debut novel, 
caught between a fairy tale and rock hard realism. Again and again he sketches in
just a few pen strokes an atmosphere, a feeling. The language is colorful and 
cinematic, but goes straight to the point.

Ton van den Born (het Continuüm):
I see the movie for me, Maan walking towards Rik in the She Lion Fashion 
Store, years after they've last seen each other. My advice: before the movie 
comes, read the book first​.

Laguage: Dutch
Size: 12.5 x 20 cm. (4.7 x 7.9 inches)
Pages: 170
Retail Price: € 16.50
ISBN 978 90 8684 124 0
Release Date: November 5, 2015, published by IJZER

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First encounter Moon and Rik (03:01)

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