Continuing my exercises in failed literary projects, here’s one on Dutch literature. I was intending to do this anyway, thinking I had a few books lying about and it was a country I hadn’t read much in over the last few years (or perhaps ever): – you can see, I’d even started reading a book by Harry Mulisch already; – before I discovered a challenge-type project here, with a useful resumé of possible books; – and then there’s another list here of famous Dutch writers.
Anyhow, here’s my choices:
- Last Call, by Harry Mulisch (I’ve got a few other Mulisch books, but one should be enough for now)
- The Hidden Force, by Louis Couperus (as per Mulisch)
- A Posthumous Confession, by Marcellus Emants (not mentioned much on the websites I’ve looked at, but looks interesting)
- The Garden Where the Brass Band Played, by Simon Vestdijk (I remember reading once that he was the Dutch James Joyce)
- Parents Worry, by Gerald Reve (not apparently his best book, but his only one in English?)
- The Darkroom of Damocles, by W F Hermans (which I’m really looking forward to: – Nabokov, as I may have mentioned before at some point, was a great fan of Hermans, and tried (in vain, naturally) to interest some American publishers in translating him: – I hadn’t realised anyone had actually done so)
- oh, and maybe I’ll give Erasmus’ Praise of Folly another go
I’m not reading them all next month, however – I’ll stretch it out a bit as always.
Oh yes, and I’m also reading a non-fiction book called The Waning of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga, who is also Dutch.