Hugo Luyten (Antwerpen, 1969)
Hugo Luijten is an historian, writer and, most of all, a storyteller.
In 2015 he released ‘Baby C’, a collection of stories about the first two years of his son who was born with a metabolic disorder. On September 26, 2016 his debut novel ‘Offer’ will appear from publisher The House of Books. The novel deals with a distant German ancestor who died in 1914 and is partly based on true facts. In 2014, 100 years to the day later, Hugo made the same trip as his ancestor and made a road movie that can be seen on YouTube. Hugo says the following about Krieg:
“I learned about ‘Krieg’ during research on my own project ‘Offer 1914’ (Sacrifice 1914). As turned out, two of our ancestors joined the same regiment in 1914. Mine was to fall after only seven weeks of war, HJ’s granduncle managed to stay alive for another two years and finally died in 1916. Two victims of a war they probably didn’t understand, and who would certainly be forgotten, if we didn’t start researching our WWI-roots. Our projects differ a bit, but are both creative. Mine is a novel and a documentary, HJ is producing a magnificent CD. As it happens, I am a musician myself, and without any hesitation I offered my help in playing some bass tuba and singing one song in German. I can’t wait to hear the result of the end-mix. I wish HJ all the luck of the world in finishing and distributing his CD. It is worth it, and not only because of an ancestor who fell in war. Because of HJ’s musical genius, his friendly approach and his persistence.”