Travel to one of the most dynamic cities in the world in the company of its finest writers. The stories in this volume will take you on a personal odyssey through the city’s rich past to its dynamic present. Arranged by the areas of Amsterdam they illuminate, these stories offer up a rich literary banquet to the traveler who wishes to experience the character and soul of this great city.
Join better-known Dutch writers such as Harry Mulisch and Cees Nooteboom, along with those whose writing appears in English here for the first time, as they lead you along the canals, through the neighborhoods, and from the past to the present in this rare collection of twentieth-century Dutch literature.
Stories and excerpts . . . which vividly evoke a city of contrasts. . . . Another inviting and instructive Companion from Whereabouts.
Well chosen contributions here range from novelist Maarten’t Hart’s memoir of living in Amsterdam’s famous red-light district to a column by Amsterdam’s version of Herb Caen (the late Simon Carmiggelt) and Cees Nooteboom’s wonderful essay on the intimate relationship between water and earth in his city.
Amsterdam collects 17 remarkable stories by writers from Amsterdam that reflect the ethos of the place–the city’s cultural and geographic personality. . . . This guide is the perfect guide to the Dutch imagination.
The publisher gratefully acknowledges the support from the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature in Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM, edited by Manfred Wolf, ISBN # 9781883513092-0
Excerpts to come.
Posted on 23 February 2010