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Doeschka Meijsing

Doeschka Meijsing (1947-2012) made her debut in 1974 with De hanen en andere verhalen (The Cockerels and other Stories), ‘like a princess’ as one critic put it. In her work she investigates the relationship between fiction and reality, which makes her a post-modern writer. As her work grew, realism gradually gained ground, as in De beproeving (The Ordeal, 1990), Vuur en zijde (Fire and Silk, 1992) and De tweede man (The Second Man, 2000). Meijsing is now regarded as a writer of stature, as witness, for example, the plaudits given to De weg naar Caviano (The Road to Caviano, 1996) and the award of the Multatuli Prize to Tijger, tijger! (Tiger, Tiger!, 1980).

Vuur en zijde

Vuur en zijde

(Querido, 1992, 133 pagina's)

All literary streams move in waves, both of action and reaction and of popularity and vilification. In the late seventies the literary magazine De Revisor gained a name for itself by opposing the then prevalent, anecdotal and often corny and immature trend in Dutch writing. The members of De Revisor group (Meijsing, Kellendonk, Matsier, Kooiman) were called ‘academic’ because of their rather formal narrative style and their vision of writing as a means of carrying out research by using the imagination.

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De tweede man

De tweede man

(Querido, 2000, 398 pagina's)

What happens to someone of modest means who comes into a substantial inheritance? In De tweede man poet and classics teacher Robert Martin finds himself caught up in a series of adventures, after his unknown brother, Alexander – twenty years his senior – leaves him a fortune.

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100% chemie

100% chemie

(Querido, 2002, 159 pagina's)

Despite the astonishing success of the novel The Second Man, Doeschka Meijsing has resisted the temptation to repeat herself. This time she has written a small-scale chronicle of four generations of women in her family: 100% Chemistry, following the trail back from herself to her mother Ilna, grandmother Bettina Bory and great-grandmother Maria Blumenträger. A story spanning more than a century, which in 1934, under the threat of war, was to take the family from Frankfurt to the Netherlands.

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Over de liefde

Over de liefde

(Querido, 2008, 276 pagina's)

The departure of her third great love after twelve years together has left Philippa, Pip to those close to her, in a state of all-consuming rage. She is unable to do anything, and particularly the fact that Jula is now with a man fuels her rage – and her sorrow, from which she defends herself by looking at herself ironically, almost cynically – ‘Something in me had decided that the time of crying was over and there I stood, obediently stiff and stern.’

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