Like last year, I am hosting a month dedicated solely to Dutch (and Flemish, if you so wish) literature on my blog. Following Caroline‘s and Lizzie‘s German Literature month, I am renaming the event Dutch Lit Month, instead of the longer and more inconvenient title A Month of Dutch Literature that I used last year.
I would love it if you would join me in reading one or more books that were originally written in the Dutch language. In the upcoming weeks, I will post a few lists of suggestions, but in the meantime, I can direct you to last year’s posts, as well as my previous posts outlining suggested reading. All can be found under the tag Dutch Lit Month on my blog.
A further suggestion is to check the books offered for review by Lemniscaat USA on Netgalley, all four of which are children/teen books that have been released in English in the last year. Another children’s title available from Netgalley is Joke van Leeuwen’s “Eep!”, which was published in March by Gecko Press.
You can follow updates about Dutch Literature Month, or link to your own post about it, on twitter through the hashtag #dutchlitmonth
Want to sign up for participation early? Leave your name on the Mr. Linky below:
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The Tea Lords Read Along
Last year, I hosted a read along of Harry Mulisch’s The Discovery of Heaven, in commemoration of his death in 2010. This year, I’d like to host a read along of Hella Haasse’s The Tea Lords. Hella Haasse is one of the most renowned female authors in the Netherlands. She is known to be a favourite author of the Dutch Queen. Unfortunately, she passed away last year.
The Tea Lords* was published in English by Portobello books in 2010 (paperback 2011). Ina Rilke translated the book. It is a book set in Dutch colonial Indonesia (The Dutch East Indies) and follows a tea planters family, and especially the conservative Rudolf and his wife Jenny, as they try to establish a life while running a plantation. It is a novel of historical fiction, but is based on a wealth of historical sources. The book is considered to be one of Haasse’s masterpieces and I’d love to read it together with a few of you.
As the book is around 335 pages long, I want to suggest discussing it in two parts:
- Friday 15 June: Up to page 187, or the start of the chapter titled “The Family”.
- Friday 29 June: Finish the book, or read to the end of the chapter titled “Gamboeng, the last day”.
Sign up by leaving a comment, and I will add you to the list of participants.
List of participants:
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Giveaway of The Tea Lords:
- sign up in a comment and let me know you’d like to be entered
- be sure to leave your email address in your comment, either in the comment itself, or by leaving it in the name/url/email field.
- you need to participate in the read along if you win
- make sure the book depository ships to your country*
- giveaway closes at midnight GMT, 4 May.
I hope I will have the pleasure of seeing you participate in June, be it through participation in the read along, a post on a Dutch book you have read, or by publishing an author interview, or any other way.
If anyone wants to offer to make a better looking button (I know mine suck because, unfortunately, I am limited to paint, since I do not have photoshop on this computer) you’d make me very happy