'Alles kan kapot (Anything Can Break, 2011) is Knol's third and most ambitious novel. While it shows the influence of great authors like Céline and David Foster Wallace, Knol speaks with an authentic and deeply original voice.' (...) 'Alles kan kapot contains brilliant passages, among the finest that Dutch literature has produced in some time. In this novel, the master stylist Knol shows us what literature is capable of, pulling out all the stops and performing audacious linguistic and formal acrobatics. And through it all, the book remains compulsively readable, thanks to his gorgeous, glorious way with language and his compassion for his characters, flesh-and-blood people who harm each other in horrifying ways, but also know how to love.'
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