Renske Jonkman


Going With The Wind The Dutch Way

What we can learn from the wind, and how do we make use of it?

In this uplifting literary essay, Jonkman considers how the Dutch hold their own in a country a few metres below sea level where there is an almost constant strong south-westerly wind.

The Dutch verb uitwaaien — walking in the wind — is a typically Dutch habit, synonymous with clearing your head and surrendering to forces of nature stronger than yourself in order to regain your strength. Drawing on her personal life story in which the wind has played an important role, Jonkman observes the Dutch landscape and how it has shaped Dutch character over the centuries.

‘This novel does what good literature should do: showing the complexity of life and exploring new connections whilst still moving the reader with brilliant storytelling.’

De Groene Amsterdammer

Renske Jonkman

Renske Jonkman (b. 1982) writes articles and interviews for de Volkskrant, National Geographic and Trouw. She is the author of three novels, the last of which, This Drowned Land, is about the Dutch people’s relationship with their polder landscape.

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Uitwaaien. Lofzang op het vlakke land (2023). Non-fiction, 176 pages.

Rights sold: Piper Verlag (Germany)


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