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Feasibility Study

4 December 2013 - Peter Bergsma

In November 2013 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture published the results of a feasibility study carried out at the Directorate’s request by the Italian bureau Consulmarc Sviluppo.

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A Symphony Of Blending Colours

A Symphony Of Blending Colours

5: The Westerpark in Autumn

31 October 2013 - Davide Enia

Dear Totò,
It’s been so long since you spoke to me about your time in Amsterdam. “It was in 1971,” you told me, lighting up yet another cigarette. “Italy was gripped by violence and Italians were discovering heroin; I was twenty, sick of my country and longing to see the world.”

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A Rain-Ruled City and the Ravages of Time

A Rain-Ruled City and the Ravages of Time

4: Visiting the University

23 October 2013 - Davide Enia

The fallen bicycle lies against the wall of the university, unable to move – a wounded beast so racked with pain that it cannot get up and resume its ride.

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Lamp-lit Eyes and Fearless Bicycles

Lamp-lit Eyes and Fearless Bicycles

3: The Enchantment of Amsterdam

16 October 2013 - Davide Enia

My brother’s laughing on the other end of the phone. He’s been living in Madrid for more than a year. “Try saying at least one full sentence that actually makes sense. Less enthusiasm, more concision,” he chides gently.

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Soul-determining Landscapes

Soul-determining Landscapes

2: The Amsterdam canals vs. the Monte Cuccio

11 October 2013 - Davide Enia

Or maybe, I don’t know, it’s the very absence of mountains; this unending horizon wherever you look. The physical geography of Amsterdam is so different from my own interior landscape. Do the spaces we inhabited as children determine the contours of our soul?

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The Cruelty of the Sea

The Cruelty of the Sea

1: Upon Arriving in Amsterdam

3 October 2013 - Davide Enia

I stroll along the canal under the scrutiny of Amsterdam’s thousand-eyed houses. News of the Lampedusa tragedy has just arrived. The number of bodies still being recovered on the high seas is extremely high; a pitiless figure that keeps on rising, never yielding a final tally.

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A crash course in Dutch literature

A crash course in Dutch literature

11 September 2013 - Alexis Washam

From Friday 6 September until Tuesday 10 September, the annual Amsterdam Fellowship for International Publishers took place for the sixth time. Ten representatives from internationally renowned publishing houses visited Amsterdam at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Jacqueline Smit, publisher at Orlando Publishers, in order to learn more about Dutch literature and publishing. Alexis Washam, senior editor at the Crown Publishing Group and Hogarth, reported for Boekblad about the people she met, the conversations she had and ‘an epic downpour’.

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Lucebert’s Collected Poems

Lucebert’s Collected Poems

First volume published in America

2 July 2013 - Thomas Möhlmann

It goes without saying that the poems of Lucebert, one of the best known and most influential poets in the Netherlands of the last century, are not entirely unknown beyond our borders.

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Taking Frisian literature to Frankfurt

Taking Frisian literature to Frankfurt

28 June 2013 - Alpita de Jong

Every year in October, publishers from all over Europe take barrow-loads of books to Frankfurt, intending to buy foreign titles and sell their own. The Dutch Foundation for Literature has attended for many years to promote Dutch literature. This year for the first time it is taking a barrow of Frisian literature as well.

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Escaping cows and egos

Escaping cows and egos

Brockway 2013 translation workshop

20 June 2013 - Michele Hutchison

Translator and editor Michele Hutchison shares this funny and informative piece about her experiences at the James A. Brockway translation workshop, where a group of professional translators has been taking an in-depth look at the work of festival poet Mustafa Stitou.

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