In his little bedroom on the Hulst in Geldrop, the six-year-old Albert Egberts dreamt in ‘De gevarendriehoek’ that God gave him the sun. It is a golden mirror; the symbol for talent and election.
In reality, this talent grew to become the magnetic oeuvre of A.F.Th. van der Heijden. There is a special fascination for the ‘Geldrop’ layer within this universe. This layer, present in ‘De tandeloze tijd’ and ‘De requiems’, reflects the childhood and early youth of the writer in a fabled version.
The literary walk passes through locations and scenes from novels and requiems. The walker’s experience includes quotes from these stories. They tell of childhood dreams, alcohol scandal, love’s piquancy, mother worship, fatherly trouble, boyish friendship, youth suffering; all embedded in the polyphonic recreation of a country of origin.
Spread through the compaction of novels, the walker passes the biographic places of the author; the houses, schools, cafés, streets, squares where he grew up and developed until the age of twenty.
Door de spiegel van A.F.Th. van der Heijden (Through the mirror of A.F.Th. van der Heijden) begins with a sketch of the life and work of the author. The core is the description of the walk, condensed introductions to scenes from a novel and broad quotes from his work.
Furthermore, it also includes youth photos of the writer and images of ‘his’ Geldrop. The cover includes a foldout map of the walking route.