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Freunden von Freunden

In Interviews on December 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Renske Jonkman - Freunden von Freunden - Jordi Huisman
Freunden von Freunden (Friends of Friends) is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes or within their daily working environments. Our content aspires to present multifaceted personal perspectives including impressions of cities, various art scenes and international urban living.

FvF interviewed Dutch novelist and journalist Renske Jonkman back in june of this year.

After the release of her debut Zo gaan we niet met elkaar om (We don’t treat each other like this) Renske Jonkman is currently working on her second novel. Combining journalism with fiction, the Amsterdam based writer explores the interference between reality and imagination. This interaction was the leitmotiv of her first book, and still strongly fascinates her. She does not take reality for granted, but plays with it willingly.

Unfortunately We don’t treat each other like this, is not available in English translation.


Misrepresenting the Middle East

In Non-Fiction on November 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

people like us - misrepresenting middle east joris luyendijk

In People Like Us Dutch journalist and writer Joris Luyendijk tells the story of his five years in the Middle East in a breezy but self-critical account of “one journalist’s search for truth”. This huge bestseller in Holland, describes the five years that Luyendijk spent as a foreign correspondent.

He was one of the youngest correspondents, but fluent in Arabic, he spoke with stone throwers and terrorists, with taxi drivers and professors, with victims, aggressors and their families, experiencing first-hand the effects of dictatorship, occupation, terror and war. The more he lived through, the more surprised he became. An enormous gap yawned between what he saw as correspondent on the ground and what he later saw in the media. Luyendijk shows through powerful examples and with great humour how the media gives us a filtered, altered and manipulated image. A book full of insights about the lack of objective journalism, about media led reporting, an eye-opening account of what’s behind the news.

People Like Us was translated by Michele Hutchison and published by Soft Skull Press

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