Carry van Bruggen

The work of Carry van Bruggen (1881-1932) is akin to that of writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, Anatole France, and John Galsworthy, with their search for a personal and binding vision that could serve to explore and clarify human existence. Van Bruggen didn’t live to enjoy the recognition she deserved and ultimately received. Eva was the last book she wrote and only five years after its publication she died in the institution where she had been regularly admitted as a result of her depressions.



(Querido, 1927, 188 pagina's)

Eva is a sensitive self-portrait written as a stream of consciousness. When it appeared, the heartbeat of Van Bruggen’s unique prose was compared to the exciting, sometimes bewildering, rhythms of jazz. Van Bruggen believes that the essence of personality lies in self-expression and in Eva she put her theory into practice. Van Bruggen’s main character refuses to be satisfied with compromise and modest happiness, throwing herself into an admirable struggle for a deep independently-won acceptance of life, convinced of her right to do so.

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