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A Country Divided. Of Old and New Boundaries

After a fairly hysterical decade, the Netherlands is a divided country, not explosively divided and torn apart, but without a heartfelt concern for the public interest in general. That is the cutting thesis of the author.

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‘Nothing helps'. The Poems of Hans Faverey

The spring of 1993, almost three years after his death, saw the publication of the ‘Collected Poems' of Hans Faverey (1933-1990): just over five hundred poems in one sober volume on india paper, in an almost classical format. Although the b...

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Arranger of Voices. The Literary Work of Leo Pleysier

Leo Pleysier is, in some sense, a writer of small literature. His gaze is not fixed on literary history, nor on the all-embracing and universal, the themes not tied to time and place in which ‘the Great' seem to feel so at home. He has stri...

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The Heart that Skips a Beat. Charlotte Mutsaers' Poetic Prose

Charlotte Mutsaers is not one of those writers whose goal is a revolutionary new form at all costs, nor is her aim that of for instance Italo Calvino, to write a totally different book that bears no relation to previous books each time. On ...

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A Lost World. The Work of Erwin Mortier

In 2001 the Flemish writer Erwin Mortier had two books to his name – together hardly more than three hundred pages, but more than enough to warrant the assessment that Dutch literature has been enriched with a new sound. And what is so rema...

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Prometheus Unbound. Essays as an Orphic Counterforce

The books mentioned in this essay testify to mental resistance. The fact that they are there at all is nothing short of a miracle. They embody an ambition which runs counter to the cynical neo-Liberalism that has the world in its devastati...

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The Search for Lost Authority. The 1960s – Again

It is one of the ironic quirks of history that some of the core concepts of the anti-authoritarian movements of the 1960s should re-emerge unchanged a couple of decades later, though pointing in the opposite direction, in the publicity and...

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