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Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands

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Though the Netherlands has been the site of vigorous literary activity since at least the Beweging van Vijftig (Movement of the Fifties) poets, the status of Dutch as a "minor" language spoken by only twenty-two million people has kept its rich poetry more or less a secret. This volume--featuring J. M. Coetzee's finely wrought English translations side-by-side with the ori ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published August 21st 2005 by Princeton University Press (first published 2003)
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Jack Caulfield
Aug 24, 2016 Jack Caulfield rated it really liked it
Dutch poetry with English translations by the ever-brilliant Coetzee. A really fascinating selection of poems, most of them long and boldly experimental. Sybren Polet's Zelfrepeterend gedicht, Hans Faverey's "Aan de vaas" and Rutger Kopland's Afdaling op klaarlichte dag particularly unforgettable. Highly recommended.
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Mar 30, 2014 Al rated it it was amazing
Beautiful collection that provides a good introduction to Dutch poets of the last century. Rutger Kopland's "Descent in Broad Daylight" is exceptionally beautiful and touching. Gerrit Achterberg's "Ballad of the Gasfitter" feels like a Dylan or Baez song of the '50's/early '60's.
Jim Agustin
Sep 13, 2011 Jim Agustin rated it liked it
Read this a long time ago. It was too... clean for my taste, almost cold. Worth reading though just to get a taste of the writing from the Netherlands. Beautifully put together. I was hoping to be enthralled instead of just set upon mostly calm waters.
Jan
Jan 22, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
A fine thing that Coetzee selected a fine flower of Dutch poetry for this album, and translated the poems more than adequate, sometimes with implicite glimpses of interpretation, which helped me - I am a Dutchman - understand them. JM
Kristine
Jan 13, 2010 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting collection printed side-by-side with the original poems--much of it quite complex and beautiful. It's unusual to find poetry of the Netherlands translated into English and published in the U.S.
Erik Raschke
Aug 13, 2009 Erik Raschke rated it really liked it
An author can never overcome his/her ego. Some beautiful translations, some wonderful selections, some step closer to Coetzee than the poet.
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John Maxwell Coetzee is an author and academic from South Africa. He is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia.
A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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