The best Dutch literature
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Since when is Anne Frank's diary considered a NOVEL?


message 2: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 19, 2015 10:04AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) wrote: "Since when is Anne Frank's diary considered a NOVEL?"

I agree, and as the decription of the list clearly says "Vote for your favorite Dutch novels! This list is for novels that are originally written in Dutch, with or without English translation", I have removed Het Achterhuis from this Listopia. Interesting to see though how often this title creeps into lists where it doesn't belong...

Jip en Janneke shouldn't have been on this list either, because lovely as it is, it is not a novel (but a collection of short stories)... So I took the liberty of removing it.

And Mei : Een Gedicht is, as the subtitle states, a poem and not a novel (and as such has been removed).


message 3: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 06, 2015 07:20AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I haven't read the book, and therefore haven't removed it, but as far as I know Sprakeloos (currently #53) is not a novel either, as it is an autobiography. At least as far as I know...

I.M. Ischa Meijer - In Margine. In Memoriam (#100) doesn't sound like a novel either. But again, I haven't read it, so I've let it be.

Anyone?


message 4: by Nathalie (new)

Nathalie Vercammen Booklovinglady wrote: "I haven't read the book, and therefore haven't removed it, but as far as I know Sprakeloos (currently #53) is not a novel either, as it is an autobiography. At least as far as I know..."

Sprakeloos is een memoire over zijn moeder.


message 5: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 18, 2015 07:51AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Nathalie wrote: "Sprakeloos is een memoire over zijn moeder. ..."

So not a novel? But a memoir instead?
Which is not the same thing by the way :-)


message 6: by Nathalie (new)

Nathalie Vercammen Booklovinglady wrote: "Nathalie wrote: "Sprakeloos is een memoire over zijn moeder. ..."

So not a novel? But a memoir instead?
Which is not the same thing by the way :-)"


Het is waargebeurd. Ik ken de definitie van een novel niet. Maar pisschien moet hij dan in een lijst van 'best Dutch books', weet niet of dat al bestaat.


message 7: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 19, 2015 09:56AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Nathalie wrote: "Het is waargebeurd. Ik ken de definitie van een novel niet. Maar pisschien moet hij dan in een lijst van 'best Dutch books', weet niet of dat al bestaat. ..."

'Waargebeurd' klinkt mij sterk in de oren als een (auto)biografie, maar zoals gezegd heb ik het boek niet gelezen.

Het Engelse 'novel' staat min of meer gelijk aan het Nederlandse 'roman'. Een 'novel' is altijd fictie (en derhalve niet waargebeurd).

Er zijn diverse lijsten met de beste Nederlandse literatuur/de beste Vlaamse literatuur. Kijk voor een overzichtje maar eens bij Listopia: Stem op gelezen boeken van de Netherlands & Flanders group, want daar worden diverse Listopia's met dit soort lijsten genoemd.


(A 'true story' about the author's mother sounds to me like an autobiography or a biography, but as I said, I haven't read the book. A 'novel' is fiction and means more or less the same as the Dutch word 'roman'. There are several lists with 'Best Dutch books/Best Flemish books'. To get a bit of an idea, have a look at Listopia: Stem op gelezen boeken.)


message 8: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 19, 2015 10:05AM) (new)

Booklovinglady For not meeting the criteria of this Listopia, I've removed Sprakeloos.

Still need someone to tell me about I.M. Ischa Meijer - In Margine. In Memoriam (#107) though...


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