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Happy Pride

Happy Pride

Dutch LGBT Fiction

4 August 2017 - Hanneke Marttin

As Amsterdam celebrates diversity in ten days of Pride, with more than 150 events, Dutch readers can also rejoice in Queer, a new anthology of stories and poems by several generations of Dutch and Flemish authors. Some, like Gerbrand Bakker, Adriaan van Dis, Saskia de Coster, Tom Lanoye and Gerard Reve (1923-2006), have already enjoyed success abroad, but for foreign publishers looking for a good read somewhere over the rainbow, there’s still a lot of great literature to discover. Let’s have a quick look at the Dutch fiction.

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Typex in America

Typex in America

Travelogue

12 July 2017 - Typex

Having become almost world famous with his graphic novel Rembrandt, Typex is now working on a new book, on one of his inspirations as an artist: Andy Warhol. Last year he traveled twice to the U.S.A. to talk with the Andy Warhol Foundation and to do research for this biographical project. First to Pittsburgh, and later to New York, following the chronology of Warhol’s life. Both travels were supported financially by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Below a snippet of Typex’ travel diaries, a travelogue in drawings, photos and text.

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High Impact’s Return to London

High Impact’s Return to London

19 January 2017 - Michele Hutchison

‘What is it about Dutch literature?’ is the question presenter Rosie Goldsmith posed to a packed crowd at the London Tabernacle on Tuesday night. ‘Are the Dutch just very good at self-promotion or is there something about Dutch literature that appeals to the English?’ This January, High Impact brought Dutch and English writers, such as Herman Koch and David Nicholls, together in London. Michele Hutchison shares her experience of the event and tells how Dutch literature is gaining popularity in the United Kingdom.

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Harvesting time

Harvesting time

Dutch-language literature in New York

5 October 2016 - Victor Schiferli

Victor Schiferli was in New York to speak about Flanders and the Netherlands as joint Guests of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair. He also spoke to editors and publishers about all that the Dutch-language literature has to offer. They showed great interest.

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Was ich noch zu sagen hätte

Was ich noch zu sagen hätte

16 March 2016 - Ursula Bergenthal

„Duitsland - Was ich noch zu sagen hätte“ is the motto of the 81st Boekenweek with Germany as its theme, and „Gute Nacht, Freunde“ the title of Christoph Buchwald’s recent publication about 25 German books that belong on every beside table - all linked to the Gastlandauftritt of Flanders and the Netherlands in Frankfurt this year. An excellent occasion to accept the invitation of the indefatigable Nederlands Letterenfonds and spend a few days discovering the literary scene in Amsterdam.

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Centrum

Centrum

10 March 2016 - Hector Abad

Columbian writer Héctor Abad held a short presentation on his new book, the process of writing and NIAS as Ritalin. This talk was given on 11 February 2016, as part of the NIAS 5-Minute-Talk-series, in which Fellows present their work to each other.

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Rumble on the Nile

Rumble on the Nile

Nimeiri in the 1970s

10 August 2015 - Jamal Mahjoub

The first house we lived in after moving to Khartoum had an air of danger to it. There was something there that never felt right. A small rock garden by the entrance held over a dozen types of cactus. Some had big flat leaves, others furry yellow spines that stuck to your fingers and were impossible to remove. We were warned not to play there for fear of scorpions. It could have been a scorpion that killed the duck we kept in the back garden. We liked to think it was a snake after having discovered a sloughed off skin, dessicated and translucent, sitting on top of some dusty packing cases in the disused garage. Our cat staggered in one morning foaming at the mouth with rabies. There were dark corners in that house and it was overshadowed by the ghost of the previous occupant, a man who had managed to electrocute himself by carrying a standing lamp out onto the damp lawn one evening to read by.

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A walk on the wild side

A walk on the wild side

Publishers Tour

26 January 2015 - Tom Müller

Arriving in my hotel room on the Publishers Tour around Flanders and the Netherlands for ten German editors and publishers, I switched on the TV to make myself feel more at home. The Fantastic Mr. Fox was on, Wes Anderson’s great film about three well-equipped farmers’ fight against the chicken-stealing Mr. Fox, which expands into a war between the animal and the human worlds. On the side, the film tells a story about the state of civilisation, about humans on the rampage and behaving like animals, and animals driven out of their natural habitats.

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World literature: alive, well and doing great business

World literature: alive, well and doing great business

Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

7 November 2014 - Victor Schiferli

My first visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair was in 1993 – the year that the Netherlands and Flanders were joint guest of honour at the Buchmesse for the very first time. In those days I was working as a junior for what was then known as the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature (NLPVF) and I could hardly believe my eyes as I took in the halls filled with books, stretching as far as the eye could see. Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander was in attendance, and Harry Mulisch and Cees Nooteboom were enjoying their respective literary breakthroughs in Germany. At a reception I found myself standing next to an immaculately tailored young woman with a pageboy hairdo with whom I exchanged a few polite words – she turned out to be Donna Tartt. In short, world literature was alive and well and doing great business in Frankfurt.

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Helena Vaz da Silva European Special Mention for 'Made in Europe'

Helena Vaz da Silva European Special Mention for ‘Made in Europe’

Word of thanks by Pieter Steinz

8 October 2014 - Pieter Steinz

The Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage 2014 granted a Special Mention to Pieter Steinz for his book Made in Europe. “When I think of Europe, I think of shared culture, from Dublin to Lesbos and St. Petersburg to Lisbon: literature and art that transcends borders,” stated Pieter Steinz in a special message at the official ceremony held at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 3 October. Steinz, who suffers from ALS disease, was represented by his daughter Jet Steinz.

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