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Cees Nooteboom

Cees Nooteboom (b. 1933) bouwde in de loop der jaren een indrukwekkend oeuvre op, bestaande uit romans, poëzie, korte verhalen en reisverhalen. Zijn werk werd diverse keren bekroond met Nederlandse en internationale literatuurprijzen. Zo ontving hij in 1992 de Constantijn Huygensprijs, in 1993 de Europese Literatuurprijs en in 2002 de Duitse Hansischer Goethe-Preis. Zijn roman Het volgende verhaal (1991) zorgde voor zijn internationale doorbraak. Het boek is inmiddels in meer dan twintig talen vertaald. Ook de roman Allerzielen uit 1998 werd een groot succes in Nederland en Duitsland.

Nooteboom ontving in 2004 de P.C. Hooftprijs, de hoogste literaire onderscheiding in Nederland. De jury stelde in zijn rapport dat het prozawerk van Cees Nooteboom wat betreft literaire zeggingskracht, reikwijdte en oorspronkelijkheid tot het beste behoort wat de afgelopen vijftig jaar in Nederland is voortgebracht.

Rituelen

Rituelen

(De Arbeiderspers, 1980)

Set in Amsterdam during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the novel opens with the protagonist’s attempted suicide after his wife, Zita, leaves him for an Italian. We follow Inni Wintrop as he wanders the streets of Amsterdam alone, looking for meaning in the ‘wonderful, empty universe’. Along the way he happens to encounter Arnold Taads and his estranged son, Philip. All three characters have lost their faith in God and are attempting to create their own meaning in life through rituals. Arnold Taads is rigidly tied to time. ‘Time,’ Inni learns, ‘was the father of all things in Arnold Taad’s life’.

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De omweg naar Santiago

De omweg naar Santiago

(Atlas, 1992, 413 pagina's)

For this book the born traveller Nooteboom made a selection from the many articles he has written about Spain over the last decades. That was no simple task, he explained in an interview, because of the degree of his devotion to that country. Nooteboom has been visiting Spain for forty years. He spends several months each year on one of the Spanish islands and has written a significant part of his work there. This close bond and his unconditional love made it difficult for him to maintain the distance a travel writer needs. In Berlin when the Wall fell, Nooteboom succeeded where many German authors failed by keeping an overview and the distance necessary for concise, pithy observations (…

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Allerzielen

Allerzielen

(Atlas, 1998, 400 pagina's)

Forty-five-year-old Arthur Daane, the central figure in Allerzielen, is a maker of TV documentaries. It is no accident that he lives in Berlin, where every stone bears traces of the city’s history. For years he has filmed impulsively, in secret, in the most unlikely places. At first glance, the images are unrelated: ‘a world torn to pieces, inert, reflective, without anecdotal content, fragments which would one day fit together.’

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Paradijs verloren

Paradijs verloren

(Atlas, 2004, 156 pagina's)

Cees Nooteboom’s Lost Paradise tells of an accidental meeting between two former lovers and is written in a postmodern style full of references to creation in general and the creation of this story in particular. In the first part of the novel, the reader travels the world with two young Brazilian women, Almut and Alma. The latter is trying to come to terms with a traumatic rape. She believes she has found paradise, or at least a semblance of it, in Australia. She becomes obsessed with an aboriginal artist whose paintings are as inaccessible to her as the painter himself; he is one representative of paradise lost.

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Rode regen

Rode regen

(De Bezige Bij, 2007, 223 pagina's)

Cees Nooteboom’s life has been all about travelling, reading and writing, and his oeuvre consists of travel stories as well as novels and poems. He has always been a superb stylist, observing the world with his special mixture of astonishment and melancholy, but until now Nooteboom has written little about his own life.

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