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In "Het verboden rijk" (1932) van J. Slauerhoff raken twee verhalen bijna onontwarbaar verstrengeld. We bevinden ons beurtelings in de zestiende en in de twintigste eeuw. In het ene verhaal is de hoofdpersoon de romantische figuur Camoes, een 16e-eeuwse Portugese dichter, die vanwege zijn verboden liefde voor de toekomstige bruid van de troonopvolger verbannen wordt naar C ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published 1978 by Nijgh & Van Ditmar (first published 1932)
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One of the delights of working your way though translated fiction award lists is you become exposed to a number of small independent publishers. As translated fiction makes up only a small part of the “consumable” market, it is primarily left to the small houses to produce the gems that sparkle on these lists. “The Forbidden Kingdom” is a case in point, produced by Pushkin Press, they tell us that “this book is part of the Pushkin Collection of paperbacks, designed to be as satisfying as possibl ...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
When I first saw the Best Translated Book Award shortlist this past Tuesday morning the biggest surprise to me was in the inclusion of Jan Jacob Slauerhoff’s 1932 novel The Forbidden Kingdom. Not because it doesn’t deserve its place along side the other nine finalists (oh boy does it ever), but because it’s such a difficult book to describe. With its many independent sides forever spinning in seemingly different directions, it feels like the literary equivalent of a Rubik’s Cube. As a reader, ju ...more
Slauerhoff heeft medicijnen gestudeerd en is scheepsarts geweest. Hij heeft gereisd naar Oost-Azië, naar Zuid-Amerika, ook heeft hij op Afrika gevaren. Deze ervaringen heeft hij ‘meegenomen’ in zijn poëzie en in zijn proza.
In Het verboden rijk worden twee personages opgevoerd. Hun geschiedenissen hebben veel parallellen, zijn bijna elkaars spiegelbeeld. Mooi om die allengs te ontdekken. Hun levenshouding is vergelijkbaar, zowel de 16e-eeuwse Portugese dichter Camoës als de 19e-eeuwse Ierse marco
This is short and always interesting but takes awhile to see what the author is driving at, modernism and all. I picked this up as recommended among the Best Translated Book Award (it was written in Dutch in the 1930s), yet another new prize I've discovered discussed among the book blogs that furnish all sorts of stuff to read that I would likely near have heard (like The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Folio Prize, which George Saunders just won and is supposed to be a more literary M ...more
Sean Homrig
This book bears the (sometimes common) distinction of not deserving an honest review unless one has read it twice. And this is a problem. The tale is all over the place, but nevertheless I felt compelled to continue reading how the exiled 16th century poet would fare, even though he continued traveling to his inevitable doom. I was equally compelled by the story of the unnamed 19th century seaman, whose story actually merges with that of the poet, but not in the way one would expect. Still, the ...more
This is a peculiar book: There is love, adventure, battles. And yet you feel that nothing much is really happening. The book is even quite boring, but you can't really stop reading because it fascinates. It was written in the 1930ies, so a few racist or definitely not woman-friendly passages which really grated on my nerves have to be put down to that. Also, I read it in German translation, so I may have lost a few nuances one could find in the original. I'm still undecided about it and might ha ...more
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Slauerhoff was a Dutch author.
He also published a few poetry works under the penname John Ravenswood.
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