Interview with WiR Carrasco

31 July 2014

Jesús Carrasco talks about the overwhelming success of his debut Intemperie (Dutch translation: De vlucht) in a video that Marieke Kessel made during his period as a writer in residency in Amsterdam. During his residence Carrasco worked on his second novel: “it’s an investigation about the relationship between a man and the land. If you take away all the things, everything that sustains him, affections, material goods, safety - then what happens? What remains of the man as a human being?”

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European honour for Pamuk and Pieter Steinz

25 July 2014

The renowned Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is the Grand Prix winner of the 2014 Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage. This Award acknowledges exceptional contributions to the communication on cultural heritage and European ideals. The Jury also gave a Special Award to the Portuguese Art Historian José-Augusto França and a Special Mention to Pieter Steinz.

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10 Books from Holland: London Book Fair Issue
The little pharmacy of children’s books
Children’s Books from Holland 2014
Guests of honour Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016: Netherlands & Flanders


Toine Heijmans


(Atlas Contact, 2014)

In this intricately structured novel, Heijmans delivers a compelling examination of the…

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Monolog einer Frau, die in die Gewohnheit verfiel, mit sich selbst zu reden

(Covadonga, 2013)

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Vincent van Gogh

Scrivere la vita

(Biblioteca Donzelli, 2013)

Italian publishing house Donzelli recently published a selection of letters by Vincent…

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Translated Literature in England and America

Victor Schiferli

4 June 2014

In publishing circles the famous three per cent number is often mournfully cited: that is how many foreign-language translations are published in Britain and the U.S. as a percentage of the industry’s total output, from gardening books to thrillers, the remaining 97 per cent being homegrown. That three percent encompasses the entire rest of the world; therefore the proportion of books written in Dutch — as in the other “minor” languages — is minuscule. There is some good news, however: several new translation initiatives have sprung up, as well as a number of new, small independent houses concentrating exclusively translations.

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