Netherlands, Belgium

Arnon Grunberg

Blauwe maandagen (1994)
Figuranten (1997)
De heilige Antonio (1998)
Fantoompijn (2000)
De Mensheid zij geprezen (2001)
De asielzoeker (2003)
De joodse messias / Grote Jiddis... (2004)
Het aapje dat geluk pakt (2004)
Tirza (2006)
Onze oom (2008)
Huid en Haar (2010)
De man zonder ziekte (2012)
Het bestand (2015)
Moedervlekken (2016)
Goede mannen (2018)

Marek van der Jagt

De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (2000)
Monogaam (2002)
Gstaad 95-98 (2002)

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Het bestand

Year 2015
Country Netherlands, Belgium
Language Dutch


The Cache

Could there be a lovelier, more perfect reality than physical reality as we know it? For Lillian, an “Oriental princess in a fairly Dutch girl’s body”, there is no doubt about it: real life is to be found online – outside that there is nothing but socially appropriate behavior.
The renewal, or rebirth, of humankind will take place within that better reality, but first the old human must disappear.
As receptionist for the cyber-security firm BClever, and under the watchful supervision of her mentor, Banra Watanuki, Lillian moves step-by-step in the direction of her ideal: living without a body, being nothing more than pure intelligence; leaving the animal kingdom behind.

This novella was written as part of a scientific experiment about creativity. In March 2015 Arnon Grunberg joined brain researcher Ysbrand van der Werf for presentations in all parts of the Netherlands.

Note: a sequel has been published. More info here.

[ Nijgh & Van Ditmar ]


Nijgh & Van Ditmar, Amsterdam 2016



April 2017 the movie of Het bestand was aired on Dutch television. Screenplay by Judith Goudsmit.

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