latest update 8th January, 2004 (click for Dutch version)
While his favourite book at school was Michael Ende's Neverending Story, he is also struck by the poetry classes. This results in the poem 'Stilte' (Silence) in 1991.
His first breakthrough was his secondary school final report in 1994. It contained both stories and poems. Performing these, he manages to captivate his audience. And so he read wherever he could, from local radio to the stage at Poetry International Rotterdam.
Although on the one hand he wanted to have enough time to write a Book, he also wanted the benefit of a writer's group, so he enrolled in a creative writing course at the Hogeschool Noord-Holland. This is where he meets Suzanne in 1995. Living in digs, this is a highly productive time for him.
What starts with a pain in one leg in 1996, takes him to neurosurgery, where two years later they remove a tumour from his frontal lobes. Although Adriaan wanted to keep presenting his strong side, the operation changed him. He had to give up his digs and school. Chemotherapy in 1999, however, makes him feel a little better, so he throws a big birthday party and starts a diary. He rereads his older work and is surprised by how much of this concerns life and death. When in August 1999 he realises his time is nigh, he confidently says goodbye.
Adriaan thought big, and he radiated this. Small things like bumping your head against the mantelpiece evoked more emotion than a growing brain tumour. He said once he had been moved to tears by two moments from 'Faustus', in which life is united with a new beginning. His death was to be the beginning of the publication of Aan de oever van iets staan (To stand on the shore of something).
Ad Lakerveld, 2004
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