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Friday Verses
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literature Ingmar Heytze
1 min reading time

For the Beloved Stranger

This week's Friday Verses are written by Ingmar Heytze (b. 1970). We selected Voor de liefste onbekende (For the beloved stranger) from the volume Het ging over rozen (Podium, 2002).

Friday Verses
Mustafa Stitou Tessa-Posthuma-de-Boer
literature Mustafa Stitou
1 min reading time

Palpitations

This week's Friday Verses are written by Mustafa Stitou (b. 1974). We selected Hartkloppingen (Palpitations) from the volume Mijn gedichten (Vassallucci, 1998).

Martin-Driessen-Bronshoff
literature Paul Vincent
5 min reading time

A New Voice in Dutch Fiction

Martin Michael Driessen has already had a successful theatre career as a director, actor and translator. Now, he establishes himself as an important figure in contemporary Dutch writing.

Swallows-and-Floating-Horses
literature Reinier Salverda
6 min reading time

Swallows and Floating Horses

Lovers of Frisian literature and translation gathered at University College London for an evening of Frisian culture around the great new bilingual anthology Swallows and Floating Horses.

Friday Verses
Hagar Peeters Koos Breukel
literature Hagar Peeters
2 min reading time

"Shall I Walk with You Some of the Way?"

This week's Friday Verses are written by Hagar Peeters (b. 1972). We selected "Shall I Walk with You Some of the Way?" ("Zal ik nog een eindje met je meelopen?") from the volume of selected poems City of Sandcastles (Shoestring Press, 2018).

Friday Verses
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literature Tjitske Jansen
2 min reading time

The Snow Queen

This week's Friday Verses are written by Tjitske Jansen (b. 1971). We selected De sneeuwkoningin (The snow queen) from her debut Het moest maar eens gaan sneeuwen (Podium, 2003).

Friday Verses
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literature Tsead Bruinja
1 min reading time

Burning House

This week's Friday Verses are written by Tsead Bruinja (b. 1974), the new Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. We selected Baarnend hûs (Burning House) from the volume De geboorte van het zwarte paard (Cossee, 2008).

Friday Verses
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literature Lieke Marsman
1 min reading time

Big Bang

This week's Friday Verses are written by Lieke Marsman (b. 1990). We selected Oerknal (Big Bang) from her debut Wat ik mijzelf graag voorhoud (Van Oorschot, 2010).

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The Father of Angels. A Novel by Stefan Brijs

Stefan Brijs' Angel Maker is a highly accomplished novel with many qualities. He offers us more than just a page turner, which of course the book also is: to quote the reviewer of the English translation in SFX Magazine, the novel ‘has superglue-soaked covers; you can't put it down... compulsive reading... This is a great big clunking fist of a book. Prepare to be knocked speechless.' The author has managed to build a highly topical social issue into his own imaginative world, a world dominated by the quest for identity, a world in which the dividing lines between good and evil are mainly a matter of points of view and perspective, all unfolding, as the reviewer in The Independent states, in this ‘tall tale of angelic sons and lofty ideals'

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Awater in the UK. Martinus Nijhoff's First English Volume

Exactly sixty years after ‘Awater' could first be read in England in a periodical, with an Anvil publication the Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff will finally get what he has always deserved: his first UK volume. Hopefully, and probably, it will not be another sixty years before somebody takes the next step and publishes a more comprehensive Nijhoff anthology in English.

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The Pen that Circumscribes a Being. A Portrait of Erik Spinoy (with four poems by Erik Spinoy)

Erik Spinoy, who nowadays finds it extremely irritating to be tarred with the postmodernist brush and who regards himself as an einzelgänger, an individualist, in the tradition of the Flemish modernists Paul Van Ostaijen and Hugo Claus, regularly re-invents himself. It is, however, possible to point to many constant features in his poetry, the principal one being its high quality. The oeuvre of Erik Spinoy is a feast.

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Remco Campert and the Dubious Lightness of Being (with an extract from ‘Life is Luverly' and Five Poems by Remco Campert)

If ever a writer in Dutch literature was blessed with eternal youth, that writer was Remco Campert. For decades his books bore witness to an almost provocative insouciance, which was perfectly expressed by the boyish, slightly mocking laugh in most of his portraits. Campert – poet, short-story writer, later also a columnist – seemed to be immune to the serious side of life, to brooding introspection, to the regrets and cynicism of the ageing writer. No greyness, no Calvinist gloom; in Campert's universe every day was a party. Until in 2004 he came out with a short novel, A Love in Paris (Een liefde in Parijs), followed in 2006 by The Satin Heart (Het satijnen hart): books which are not only about Campert's escape from the ‘dreadful joylessness of life in the Netherlands', but also about the implications and consequences of that escape. Both books lend themselves to being read as a commentary on the ode to frivolity, the lack of concern, and the irresponsibility of the early short stories and novels.

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A Guided Tour of the Gilded Cage. Jan Van Loy Takes the Reader by the Ear (with an Extract from ‘Alpha America' by Jan Van Loy)

After three books, we have a fairly clear picture of what interests Jan Van Loy: modern, over-indulged, people and their relationship to the gilded cage in which they live. That theme gives scope for a lot of humour and for feelings. Thus far he has given his readers mainly pleasure, because if there is one thing that sticks out a mile, it is that Van Loy is an extremely talented story-teller, particularly of stories to do with freedom and all the illusions that go with it. And thanks to his previous history as someone who spent years as an unemployed layabout, he is also someone who knows how it feels to pursue a dream.

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