notes on dutch literature

Posts Tagged ‘Arthur Japin’

What Kwaku Knows – Radio Book

In Masters, Pick of the Week on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Arthur Japin
Dutch writer Arthur Japin was born in Haarlem in 1956. He studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam and drama at The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the Amsterdam Theatre School. He acted on stage, screen and television for many years.

The publication of his debut novel The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi in 1997 established Arthur Japin’s name as a writer. It is the tragic story of two Ashanti princes Kwasi and Kwame, who were offered as a gift to King William I in 1837. In a beautiful, polished style Japin blended fiction and historic fact into a striking whole. The book sold over 150,000 copies in the Netherlands and won multible awards. It’s been translated into numerous languages, including English, and adapted for stage, screen and opera.

In 2003 Japin published another historical novel In Lucia’s Eyes, which won him the Libris Literature Prize. Inspired by an episode related in the memoirs of Casanova, the story is set in Amsterdam in 1758. An English translation by David Colmer received critical acclaim in the United States.

His most recent novel Director’s Cut sets in Rome and features Italian film director Federico Fellini, with whom Japin found himself caught up in an unlikely love triangle.

His Radio Books story What Kwaku Knows is set in Ghana where young boys dream of being discovered by football scouts and Kwaku is no exception.

“All the boys in Kwaku’s class want to be footballers. So does he. Even more so now. Three months ago, an uburuni was standing at the field behind the school, watching them play. They had done their best. After the game, the man had beckoned to Michael, Kwaku’s best friend. He had visited his parents that evening. He gave them fifty dollars and some pocket money for Michael. He guaranteed that he would turn the boy into a professional footballer…”

What Kwaku Knows by Arthur Japin was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story is read by David Swatling.

Advertisements

Strand Bookstore: where Dutch books are loved

In Second hand finds on October 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM


If you ever visited Strand Bookstore in NYC you know what I mean when I say I was a little overwhelmed! They have books everywhere and the shelves almost reach the high ceilings, this is “where books are loved”…

Where my local Barnes&Nobles fails to have even one Dutch writer in stock, Strand Bookstore turns out to be a very good place to find great Dutch writers in translation. A quick search on the website already shows that they have quite a few authors in stock. Bring a list, because you have to really look for specific titles. A lot of the books are otherwise hard to find!

Just a few of the great finds you can find here for a very good price: Hella S. Haasse (1918-2011), the grand old dame of the historical novels (The Tea Lordsa portrayal of three generations of Dutch colonial experience in the East Indies, is one of her most well-known books), Willem Frederik Hermans (Darkroom of Damocles and Beyond Sleep, classic post-war literature); terrific Belgium writer Hugo Claus (Sorrow of Belgium), Arthur Japin (the Director’s Cut, In Lucia’s Eyes, The Two hearts of Kwasi Boachi, and Tim Krabbe.

In Lucia's Eyes, novel by Arthur Japin

A Little Blog of Books

Book reviews and other literary-related musings

lis simone

PARIS LIFESTYLE BLOG

Famous books from a small country

www.laurawatkinson.com/

Just another WordPress.com site

the contextual life

thoughts without borders

ALTA Blog

literary translation news and updates

The Bookwyrm's Lair

Thoughts on Popular Books, High Literature, and the Printed Word

Fleur in her World

Notes from a bookish life on the Cornish coast ...

Bookmunch

Books reviews with the occasional interview thrown in for good measure

The Overflown

Leftovers of interviews, reviews, press trips and features by an art/food/travel journalist and writer.

Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

A year of reading the world

196 countries, countless stories...

The Longest Chapter

Literary fiction, poetry, first editions, classics...

WordPress.com News

Famous books from a small country