Category Dutch

THINGS UNSAID: GERARD REVE’S “CHILDHOOD: TWO NOVELLAS,” TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH BY SAM GARRETT

By Alex Andriesse I was slow to come around to Gerard Reve’s writing—slow at least by twenty-first-century standards. A year ago, when I first tried reading his novel The Evenings, I found it so dull I couldn’t concentrate and gave up after the second chapter. I knew that in the Netherlands The Evenings was a […]

Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison on Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer’s La Superba, expat writers and translators

Celebrated Dutch author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer’s autobiographical novel La Superba, titled after the nickname for Genoa, where he has lived for the past six years, is the story of a writer named Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer and the group of expats—legal and illegal—he befriends, as they try to assimilate into the labyrinthine city. I met up […]