Amsterdam Stories (häftad)
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Damion Searls
O'Neill, Joseph (introd.)
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Amsterdam Stories

av Nescio
Häftad, Engelska, 2012-03-20
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J. H. F. Gronloh was a successful Dutch businessman, executive of the Holland-Bombay Trading Company and father of four, with a secret life: under the pseudonym Nescio (Latin for "I don't know"), he wrote a series of short stories that went unrecognized at the time but that are now widely considered the best prose ever written in Dutch. Nescio's stories look back on the enthusiasms of youth with an achingly beautiful melancholy comparable to the work of Alain-Fournier and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He writes of young dreams from the perspective of adult resignation, but reinhabits youthful ambition and adventure so fully that the later perspective is the one thrown into doubt-and with language as fresh as when it was written a century ago. His last long story, written and set during World War II, is a remarkable evocation of the Netherlands in wartime and a hymn to our capacity to take refuge in memory and imagination. This is great literature-capturing the Dutch landscape and scenes of Amsterdam with a remarkable poetry, and expressing the spirit of the country of businessmen and van Gogh, merchants and visionaries.
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This collection of short stories, with repeat characters, explores the "condition" of the young male of this period, his hopes and dreams, with a psychological intensity that feels surprisingly fresh and contemporary. Scottish Sunday Herald Earnest fans of Samuel Beckett with a fair knowledge of the topography and street-names of Amsterdam could love this book with a passion. Sunday Times 'Today his book's very incompleteness makes it seem whole, and his ambiguity about 'the life of the mind' all the more poignant.' London Review of Books "Today his book's very incompleteness makes it seem whole, and his ambiguity about the 'life of the mind' all the more poignant." London Review of Books

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NESCIO (1882-1961) was the pseudonym of Jan Hendrik Frederik Gronloh. His reputation as one of most important modern Dutch writers was only established after his death. Damion Searls is the author of Everything You Say Is True, a travelogue, and What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going: Stories. Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland. He writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and his works include the novels This Is the Life, The Breezes and Netherland, winner of the PEN/Faukner Award for Fiction, and the nonfiction book Blood-Dark Track: A Family History. He ives with his family in New York City.