Renate Rubinstein

Fearful People Don't Ask Questions

Dutch classic – full translation grant available

Wherever Renate Rubinstein went there was uproar. Starting in 1961, she regularly caused a furor with the pieces she published. Whether it was on her love life; how she missed her father, murdered during the war; feminism or her love of cats, her writing always attests to an autonomous spirit – and her voice brings to mind Joan Didion. She wrote openly about her Jewish roots and her ambivalent attitude towards Israel. Her account of her painful divorce, Nothing to Lose and Yet Afraid, became an international classic. The columns, lectures and letters gathered in this anthology offer the reader an intimate portrait of an ambivalent woman, who never shied away from telling herself and others the truth.

Renate Rubinstein

Renate Rubinstein (1929-1990) was born in Germany but moved to the Netherlands in the 1930s. She wrote columns for a Dutch weekly for almost thirty years; her first collection of these columns in book form appeared in 1964. She published numerous other books after this, and was awarded the…

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Bange mensen stellen geen vragen (2020). Non-fiction, 512 pages.


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