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Vincent – A Graphic Novel

In Pick of the Week on December 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Vincent - Barbare Stok
The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh continues to serve as a source of inspiration for many people. In this graphic novel, artist and writer Barbara Stok takes the reader on a journey to the brief and intense period of time that the painter spent in the south of France. Vincent dreams of setting up an artists’ house in Arles for himself and his friends. However, his attacks of mental illness confuse and disorient him, culminating in the notorious incident with his ear and leaving his dreams shattered.
Throughout all of this, Vincent’s brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Relevant story Van Gogh was passionate about his art. His ideas about success, setbacks and how to create a meaningful life provide an interesting counterpoint to our age of individualism and commercialism. Stok has succeeded in turning the experiences of this 19th-century artist into a story that is relevant to our own time. Barbara Stok (1970) has become well known for her candid autobiographical graphic novels. In 2009, she was awarded the Stripschapprijs for her oeuvre, one of the most prestigious prizes for comic books in the Netherlands. In addition to her work for newspapers and magazines, she has eight books to her name.

The English edition of Vincent is for sale in The Netherlands at the Van Gogh Musuem. The World-English rights are sold to Self Made Hero, who will publish Stok’s graphic novel in 2013.


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.


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