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F.B. Hotz

Men Play, Women Win

Bittersweet short stories from the jazz age and after

F.B. Hotz was one of the Netherlands’ greatest short-story writers. After his late literary debut in the mid-seventies, he quickly garnered acclaim for his meticulous and polished style.

The stories reflect details of his own life: a childhood overshadowed by his parents’ separation, the German occupation and his struggle to support himself as a jazz musician in the 1950s. The theme of strained relationships between the sexes runs throughout the book.

‘Women Win’, in which a gig at a provincial school dance degenerates into open warfare between teenagers and bigcity musicians, is full of comical moments, but is ultimately downbeat, with the protagonists recognizing their that lifestyle is unsustainable. Conversely, ‘The Travelling Salesmen’, about the main character’s alienation from his father, is full of wry and witty lines.

Although they convey the atmosphere of a particular time and place, these stories are timeless. Essentially, Hotz is a classic artist for whom form is paramount, constantly in search of ‘the magic that can give an ordinary word in a calm sentence the power of a stranglehold.’

Hotz is one of those exceptional authors who get you right where they want you without revealing how they do it.

NRC Handelsblad

F.B. Hotz

F.B. Hotz (1922-2000) started to write in the early 1950s, but never dreamed he would ever be published. At that time he was a trombonist in a jazz combo. In the late 1950s he stopped making music, anxious to avoid becoming the oldest swinger in town. Hotz laboured for twenty years at improving his…

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Details

Mannen spelen, vrouwen winnen (2011). Fiction, 384 pages.
Words: 134,400

Themes: classic

Publications

Dutch Classics

Publisher

De Arbeiderspers

Spui 10
NL - 1012 WZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 760 72 10

E-mail:
j.spooren@singeluitgeverijen.…
Website:
http://www.arbeiderspers.nl

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