The Penguin Book Of Dutch Short Stories

The Penguin Book Of Dutch Short Stories

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'The stories here will provoke, delight and impress. an excellent book' Jonathan Gibbs, Minor Literatures'We were kids - but good kids. These short stories contain some of the most groundbreaking and innovative writing in Dutch literature from 1915 to the present day, with most pieces appearing here in English for the first time. . ' Clare Lowden, TLS'There is a lot of northern European melancholy in the collection, though often tinged with wry humour. , We're much smarter now, so smart it's pathetic. He took his own life just after having published a new collection of essays on art, The Museum of Light. If I may say so myself. He started his career as a writer with bestselling novels, describing the atmosphere of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Gimmick!(1988) and False Light (1991). . , Suicide was the theme of the novel Six Stars (2002). Joost Zwagerman's selection forms a fascinating guidebook to a landscape you'll surely want to wander in again. In later years, he concentrated on writing essays - notably on pop culture and visual arts - and poetry. . Except for Bavink, who went crazy'A husband forms gruesome plans for his new fridge a government employee has a haunting experience on his commute home prisoners serve as entertainment for wealthy party guests an army officer suffers a monstrous tropical illness. , Blending unforgettable snapshots of the realities of everyday life with surrealism, fantasy and subversion, this collection shows Dutch writing to be an integral part of world literary history. Joost Zwagerman (1963-2015) was a novelist, poet, essayist and editor of several anthologies.


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