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Albert Alberts

Albert Alberts (1911-1995) made his debut in 1952 with the short-story collection De eilanden (The Islands). Other well- known titles include De vergaderzaal (The Conference Room, 1974) and De honden jagen niet meer (The Dogs No Longer Hunt, 1979). In 1996 he was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for an author’s body of work.

The Islands

The Islands

(G.A. van Oorschot, 1952, 180 pages)

Albert Alberts was over forty when his stories, later collected as The Islands, were first published. His debut was extraordinary in that it held back none of its promise. It was perfect, composed in just the right tone and in the ideal form.

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The Trees

The Trees

(Dasmag, 1953, 148 pages)

Along with other Dutch-language authors like Nescio and Willem Elsschot, A. Alberts exemplifies a school of literature that is characterised by stylistic precision and a sardonic, melancholy tone. Their work continues to attract new readers. This recent edition of Alberts’ first novel, The Trees, has drawn even more people’s attention to his timeless work.

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