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18/05/2017
The reader is never made to feel sorry for the blind. Instead, the problems that blind children have in learning to interact with the world around them are revealed with great warmth and humour. The author's observations are often wickedly funny.



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Prachtig is de onderkoelde humor waarmee Otto zich door het internaatleven slaat.

De opstandige, bijtende toon, die in latere cabaretuitvoeringen en columns van Bijlo gehandhaafd blijft, levert een geheel eigen stem in de literatuur op en vormt daaraan een rijke bijdrage. - Rein Swart op zijn blog



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Enjoy watching Vincent Bijlo read from #TheInstitute during a reception at the Dutch Embassy in London 

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Vincent Bijlo sings at the Dutch Embassy in London during the reception for #TheInstitute 

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Pictures from the launch of The Institute by Vincent Bijlo at the Dutch Embassy London
http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/news_detail.php?news_id=210


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‘Jeroen Blokuis tells the story with an artist’s eye. He used detailed description with myriad references to colour, shape, texture, and the nuances of shadow.

I recommend this biographical novel to anyone who has an interest in art history, and of the iconic Vincent van Gogh in particular.’ - Fictionophile reviews The Yellow House



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I really enjoyed this book so much, it’s delightful, witty, intelligent, and though sad at times, it’s also very uplifting.
The Institute by Vincent Bijlo, published today, reviewed on CravenWild



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What his poetry does is to capture a dramatized, aestheticized sense of what it is like to be living outside your own country.

Jansen op de Haar’s poems seem to be groping for a greater meaning all the time; and sometimes this is glimpsed in arresting snippets of images: “the widows’ small dogs / with widowers’ eyes” (‘london calling’) or “the light falls like a guillotine” (‘highgate cemetery’).

Richie McCaffery on London Grip


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To celebrate the birthday of the Dutch King and of Vincent Bijlo we are publishing the English translation of Vincent’s first novel on 27 April 2017.
What is it like growing up blind? The Institute tells the story from an offbeat angle and is hilarious as well as moving.
The Institute was first published as Het instituut in 1998 by De Arbeiderspers in the Netherlands. It has been translated by Susan Ridder and for our Dutch readers we are also reissuing the novel in Dutch.



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‘That leaves me with one last question: do you have a pen name?’
I was very tempted to answer: ‘I’m also known as the Dalai Lama,’ but I sighed: ‘I write under my own name.’
A Famous Author or trying to arrange car insurance by Arnold Jansen op de Haar

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