THE ATLAS OF EVERYWHERE (Atlas Contact, 2021)
Shortlist Libris Literatuurprijs 2022
In the Turkish countryside in the middle of the last century, a poet falls in love with a girl from the city, with dire consequences. Seventy years later, on the west coast of America, his son looks back on his father’s life in an attempt to understand why they’ve been estranged for years.
The Atlas of Everywhere is a poignant tale of displacement, growing up between two different cultures, the restlessness that goes along with this, and the stories that connect us – to our homeland and to each other.
“The Atlas of Everywhere may be a genuine Vatersuche, but it is the colorful women in Deniz’s life that carry the novel. What’s more, Kuypers paints a critical picture of how the Netherlands has treated its guest workers and how their uprooting has affected the next generation. All of this is written with admirable compassion and in a superior style, making The Atlas from Everywhere into a personal, sensitive and unforgettable novel” – Jury report Libris Literatuurprijs 2022
“A mercilessly honest and above all beautiful novel” – Trouw
“A beautifully written, shockingly honest and also universal document about a father and a son, about family ties, the magic of one’s place of birth, about dreams and actions and about understanding who we are” – Telegraaf
“Kuypers turned a life into literature, enabling himself to endure and perhaps even understand his father’s behavior. One of the principles of literature: to keep the horrors at bay with fiction. This is exactly what Kuypers undertook in this successful novel” – De Groene Amsterdammer
“Intimately and lovingly written, with raw edges” – De Volkskrant
“The real gold – and this makes The Atlas of Everywhere by definition an important book – is in the underlying theme, namely that of being uprooted, of saying goodbye to one place and never fully arriving at the other” – NRC
“A beautifully told story that is both personal and universal” – VPRO Gids
“An incredibly beautiful book” – Literair Nederland
“An occasionally uncomfortable, but ultimately a loving and unique book” – Het Friesch Dagblad
“The Atlas of Everywhere is an absolute must for anyone who wants to form an opinion about immigration and emigration” – De Limburger
“This book hits home. A poignant story about a son’s quest” – Arno Koek, Boekhandel Blokker
“An unforgettable novel about a dominant father” – Daan van der Valk, De Vries Van Stockum Books
The Noise of the World (Ambo|Anthos, 2014)
Nominated for the BNG Bank Award 2014
Moss runs into his college girlfriend Dani at the funeral of an old professor in the mountains of Northern California. It’s been twenty years, and Dani has changed almost beyond recognition. The death of her abusive husband two years ago has left her a nervous wreck. Moss on the other hand fears he hasn’t changed at all. He has stubbornly pursued “the perfect life,” without knowing what that looks like and without regard for the people around him. After a disastrous night with Dani, he takes off into the mountains alone, convinced that his professor’s solitary existence in a cabin by a lake holds the key to what he’s looking for. But he soon gets lost and is confronted with the harsh reality of survival in the snowy mountains—and what his dreams may ultimately cost him.
“An impressive second novel” – NRC
“Kuypers creates an arctic, lonesome atmosphere” – Trouw
“Kuypers excels at putting his characters in uncomfortable situations” – Tzum
Days without Dulci (Ambo|Anthos, 2013)
Nominated for the Academica Award 2013 and the Dioraphte Award 2013
Sylph is a teenage girl who feels out of place in the small town where she grows up. Last winter, her older sister Dulci disappeared, shattering the lives of her family. Sylph goes to school, but has no friends. Her father, a construction worker, stays out late every night. And her mother seems to want to forget Dulci ever existed; she refuses to talk about her and instead, turns to cigarettes, alcohol and, finally, an ex-lover. One day, Sylph meets Mort, an old friend of Caden’s. But when his memories of what happened to Dulci differ greatly from Sylph’s, she realizes her sister may not have been who she thought. Gradually, Sylph uncovers a truth that will change the course of her life forever.
“Kuypers proves himself to be a real storyteller” – Vrij Nederland
“Kuypers writes lyrically and poetically about a happy childhood tragically cut short, and manages to catch the reader completely off guard by changing the course of his novel in just a few short chapters. In terms of style, and certainly in terms of the psychological insight into its characters, this is an impressive first novel” – Knack Focus
“With remarkable precision, Kuypers gives voice to the inner life of a confused girl on the brink of adulthood… With this book, Kuypers puts himself on the literary map” – Noordhollands Dagblad
“Kuypers’ prose is cool and precise, even poetic at times. With this novel, Kuypers proves himself to be a promising writer. He provides convincing insight into the loneliness that often goes hand in hand with an unusual mind” – Passionate
“This novel gets under your skin” – Hollands Glorie
“A gorgeous first novel about the love between two sisters and the pain of their loss” – Marie Claire
“A talented writer to watch” – Flair
“A subtle, psychological novel with dark edges” – De Twentsche Courant Tubantia