notes on dutch literature

Julia

In Review on November 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Julia - Otto de Kat

‘His writing is as spare and controlled as a poem and just as beautiful’ – Julia by Otto de Kat

Otto de Kat (real name Jan Geurt Gaarlandt) was born in Holland in 1946. He studied theology and Dutch literature at university and has worked as a literary critic and publisher. I had not come across him before, but he has previously published a collection of poetry (The Ironic Charter) and two other novels (The Figure in the Distance 2002 and Man on the Move 2009). All of his novels are short; Julia is less than two hundred pages. It didn’t surprise me that de Kat had previously published poetry as his writing is as spare and controlled as a poem and just as beautiful. Ina Rilke was born in Mozambique and grew up in Portugal. She translates Dutch and French literature into English and has won the Vondel Prize, the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Flemish Culture Prize.

via ‘His writing is as spare and controlled as a poem and just as beautiful’ – Julia by Otto de Kat.

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