notes on dutch literature

Unique City Portraits

In Pick of the Week on July 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Citybooks - Frosina Stojkovska
Short stories about cities written by famous authors and up-and-coming literary talents: citybooks. The Flemish Dutch House deBuren has invited international authors and photographers to take part in a two week residency with one local partner organisations in various European cities. The resulting stories, essays or poems can be read, listened to and downloaded for free on Citybooks: tell me a story. Every citybook is available as a webtext, e-book and podcast (audio book) of thirty minutes in Dutch, English and French. All the podcasts are also available thru iTunes.

Dutch and Flemish authors such as Christiaan Weijts, Abdelkader Benali, Maxim Februari, Cees Nooteboom, Joost Zwagerman, Arnon Grunberg, Saskia de Coster, Chiko Unigwe, Peter Terrin, and Annelies Verbeke participated amongst many others.

Excerpt Warrior on a Horse (Skopje, Macedonia) by Abdelkader Benali

The heat lends charm to the city. The better-off middle-class flee, whilst those who stay behind fill their space. People change their clothes and behaviour without having to abandon their outlook on life and yet they seem to have become very different people, touched by a wondrous enlightenment. Suddenly, it’s all miniskirts, Ray Bans and milkshakes. The fountains conjure up an illusion of watery abundance in a bone-dry climate, exerting a soothing effect on the inhabitants; the end of time is still a million miles away. Passers-by seem to be on their way to a banquet, like figures in a dream materialising on the spot.

(c) photo by Frosina Stojkovska for Citybooks


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