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August Willemsen

August Willemsen (1936-2007) was a great football fan, but first of all he was a man of letters. He translated work by several major Portuguese and Brazilian writers, among whom Fernando Pessoa and Carlos Drummond de Andrade. His books include Braziliaanse brieven (Brazilian Letters, 1985), De taal als bril: in twintig stukken (Language as a Pair of Spectacles, 1987), Vrienden, Vreemden, Vrouwen (Friends, Strangers and Women, 1998) and Van Tibooburra naar Packsaddle (From Tibooburra to Packsaddle, 2001). With De goddelijke kanarie (The Divine Canary, 2007) he wrote a compelling socio-cultural sketch of Brazil in the light of its love of football.

De goddelijke kanarie

De goddelijke kanarie

Over het Braziliaanse voetbal van Garrincha en Pelé tot Ronaldo en Ronaldinho

(De Arbeiderspers, 2007, 304 pagina's)

The Netherlands has been a world-class footballing nation since the early 1970s, but only in the past twenty years has a tradition of football literature sprung up. Oddly, the best of them, The Divine Canary, is not a book about Dutch soccer but a compelling socio-cultural sketch of Brazil in the light of its love of football.

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