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Dutch Penguin Classics

In Masters on October 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Penguin Classics

Penguin published a few Dutch in the Penguin Classics. The series collects the best literature from all over the world. It’s therefore no wonder that two very influential Dutch books like In Praise of Folly, letter to Maarten van Dorp by Dutch renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus (first published in Dutch as Lof der Zotheid in 1511) and Max Havelaar, Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli (published in 1860) are part of this amazing collection.

Two other titles in this series have a Dutch origin as well: The Letters of Vincent van Gogh and The Noble man and other Romances by Isabelle de Charrière. The latter author is Dutch born novelist (also known as Belle van Zuylen, 1740 – 1805), she lived half of her life in Switzerland and published in French.



Penguin Group buys Ten White Geese

In Pick of the Week, Review on October 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Ten White Geese


Great news; Penguin Group USA bought the rights of Ten White Geese (original title De omweg) written by one of Holland’s best writers Gerbrand Bakker. Ten White Geese will come out in February 2013.

Bakker’s first great novel, the Twin (original title Boven is het Stil) was awarded with multiple prices and is published in over 21 countries, it’s one of my favorite novels and I really recommend reading it.

Ten White Geese is already available in English in the UK under a different title, the Detour (Harvill Secker), for everyone who doesn’t want to wait!

The Guardian wrote this raving review: When Gerbrand Bakker’s first book, The Twinwon the Impac Award, it was clear that an assured and mature new voice had emerged in European fiction. A study grief and loneliness in which a young man loses his twin brother, the novel was universally praised for its restraint, its quiet beauty and its undercurrent of dry humour – elements which are certainly carried forward into The Detour. Yet, as accomplished a work as The Twin was, its successor is even more powerful. Read the entire review>>


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