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E. du Perron
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Country of Origin

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This ambitious, largely autobiographical novel opens at the turn of the century with the story of a young Dutchman growing up on the island of Java, and ends against the backdrop of the growth of fascism in Europe in the 1930s. It encompasses the lives and loves of the author's colorful acquaintances - whole identities are often only thinly disguised - including the Europe ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 7th 1984 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published January 1st 1900)
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Arjen
I started reading this book since Du Perron and Ter Braak are the heroes of Voskuil and Vogels. It follows more or less in the tradition of Stendhal incorporating autobiographical elements in literature

Wonderful autobiographical story of Du Perron's alter ego Arthur Ducroo. The story from his youth and teen years on early 19th century, colonial Java, is intertwined with journal like chapters from his later years in Paris and Brussels.

I especially liked his accounts of his discussions and convers
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nanto
As a book writen by dutch man who inheritage french bloodline, and since it was written during the dutch colonial era in Indonesia, many of us will categorize it as dutch indies literature.
after i read the book, the book tell me much about personal identity of the guy in story. how he define himself after long passage of life since his ancestor to him. how he define himself as a white man in a colonial country. Conflict of personal identity that could be happen to every body in every age all ove
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Marc L
Jeugdherinneringen aan Nederlands Indië, gemengd met omgang met intellectualistische kringen. Heel on-Nederlands, proustiaans in zijn herinneringen, maar erg gezocht.
Mikael
never actually finished it cover to cover the "memorialist" bits about the indies were typically heartbreaking but the chapters on paris were tiring.
John
Haast niet te lezen, maar als je doorzet wacht je een beloning. Een moeizaam topstuk uit de Nederlandse literatuur.
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E. du Perron was a Dutch poet, literary critic and writer of fiction. He founded the literary magazine Forum with Menno ter Braak and Maurice Roelants.
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Schandaal in Holland Parlando, verzamelde gedichten De smalle mens Manuscript in een Jaszak Gevonden / Manuscrit Trouvé dans une Poche Scheepsjournaal van Arthur Ducroo

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