Anjet Daanje

Anjet Daanje (b. 1965) writes novels, short stories and screenplays. Her breakthrough novel De herinnerde soldaat (The Remembered Soldier) won the 2020 F. Bordewijk Prize and the Best Book of Groningen Prize and was longlisted for the 2020 Libris Literature Prize. The various movies for which she wrote the screenplays have earned a total of 17 international film awards, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Song of the Stork and the Dromedary is already on its fourth edition.

The Song of the Stork and the Dromedary

The Song of the Stork and the Dromedary

(Passage, 2022, 656 pages)

This masterful novel spans two centuries in a mosaic of styles and genres. Its central figure is the uncompromising Eliza May, modeled after Emily Brontë. In early 19th-century Yorkshire, she and her sisters Millicent and Helen lead a reclusive existence marred by poverty and disease. They find fulfilment in their love of reading and writing books. When, after dozens of rejections, the novels by Millicent and Eliza May are finally published (using male pseudonyms), Millicent’s novel becomes a huge success, whereas Eliza May’s novel is labeled ‘sick’ and ‘immoral’. In eleven chapters, each of which could just as well be a standalone novella, Eliza May’s life story is told by…

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