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In and around the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil

In and around the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil

‘Ton monde, plein de merveilles’

14 December 2021 - Agnes Vogt

Between mid-November and mid-December, a presentation of Dutch children’s and youth culture called Ton monde, plein de merveilles took place in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris. This multidisciplinary collaboration between Dutch foundations, French partners and the Dutch embassy in Paris consisted of screenings of Dutch children’s films, dance and theatre performances and, of course, literary activities.

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Jury report and words of thanks

Jury report and words of thanks

European Literature Prize 2021

12 November 2021 - European Literature Prize

There’s no getting around it: 2021 has turned out to be the year in which the importance of translation and translations and the role of interpreters and translators has become more prominent than ever. Especially now, with Europe sometimes conspicuous by its absence from the world stage, it’s essential to maintain strong links between the countries of the old continent and to keep attention focused on free movement back and forth from one language to another. Translators are indispensable in this regard, enabling us to gain understanding and continue to garner knowledge of each other’s histories, backgrounds and lives, from a social, historical and cultural point of view.

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Re:connect

Re:connect

Back to the Buchmesse

1 November 2021 - Victor Schiferli

It was a question that had occupied people’s minds for months: would the Frankfurt Book Fair take place? And if so, in what form, and who would be there? Since the Netherlands and Flanders had been guests of honour in 2016, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, along with other focus countries, had been kept abreast of efforts to organise a safe fair in online meetings with the fair’s organisers. Should masks be worn? How much distance should visitors keep from each other? How wide should the corridors be? In the summer it became clear that the fair would take place – with restrictions, but there was an air of optimism.

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A genius of the heart

A genius of the heart

Translating Anton de Kom’s We Slaves of Suriname

29 June 2021 - David McKay

I live and work in Bezuidenhout, a mainly residential area of The Hague to the south of a large wooded park, the Haagse Bos. During World War II, this park was used by the German occupying forces as cover for the V2 rockets fired at English cities. On March 3, 1945, the Royal Air Force tried to bomb the Haagse Bos, but the pilots were given the wrong coordinates. This human error led to the tragic destruction of much of Bezuidenhout by Allied aircraft.

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Dutch Children's books in Japan

Dutch Children’s books in Japan

13 October 2020 - Etsuko Nozaka

What can you learn about the Netherlands through Dutch children’s books? Etsuko Nozaka, translator Dutch-Japanese, sees the Netherlands as a country with a great emphasis on freedom and individual rights. What kind of children’s books does that yield? In this blog, originally published by Ehon Navi, with more than 20 million readers one of the largest Japanese websites on childrens literature, addresses this question by zooming in on books by three Dutch authors: Anna Woltz, Els Pelgrom and Dick Bruna.

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We Slaves of Suriname reaches the bestseller lists, 86 years after publication

We Slaves of Suriname reaches the bestseller lists, 86 years after publication

6 August 2020 - Mireille Berman

We Slaves of Suriname by the Surinamese writer and activist Anton de Kom (1898-1945) is one of the most important anti-colonial writings of the 20th century. It is on a par with W.E.B. Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk (1903) and Frantz Fanon’s Les damnés de la terre (1961). The book is the first, but still one of the few works to describe Dutch colonial rule and Suriname’s slave economy.

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4th of May speech by Arnon Grunberg translated into twelve languages

3 July 2020 - Mireille Berman

By Mireille Berman

Every year the National Committee for 4 and 5 May asks a writer to give a speech at its Remembrance Day gathering. This year it chose Arnon Grunberg, who read an impressive essay entitled ‘No’.

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Three Modern Classics Of Dutch (Post-)Colonial

Three Modern Classics Of Dutch (Post-)Colonial

Literary highlights from the Dutch East and West Indies

1 July 2020 - Wilma Scheffers

Dutch literature is as varied as the Netherlands’ complex history. Wilma Scheffers, advisor of Writers Unlimited festival in The Hague and literary festival Woordnacht Rotterdam, offers a brief overview of the former Dutch colonies and takes a look at three important classics from the Dutch Antilles, Surinam and Indonesia respectively.

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Children's Books from Holland

Children’s Books from Holland

As presented by the authors and illustrators

3 April 2020 - Agnes Vogt

As you know, all the book fairs of spring 2020 have sadly had to be cancelled, which means we aren’t able to present our selection of the best Dutch children’s books from 2019 in person.
So we’ve thought of another way to tell you about these wonderful titles…

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On a single sentence from Eva Meijer's <em>Bird Cottage</em>

On a single sentence from Eva Meijer’s Bird Cottage

16 December 2019 - Antoinette Fawcett

Bird Cottage, my translation of Eva Meijer’s Het vogelhuis, is, of course, a book about the relationship between humans and birds, and by extension with the whole of the natural world, but it is far from being a sentimental story about an eccentric lady and her almost tame garden birds.

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