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Amsterdam Stories
Amsterdam Stories | Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
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H. F. Gr nloh was a successful Dutch businessman, executiveof the Holland-Bombay Trading Company and father offour, with a secret life: under the pseudonym Nescio (Latin for"I don't know"), he wrote a series of short stories that wentunrecognized at the time but that are now widely consideredthe best prose ever written in Dutch.Nescio's stories look back on the enthusiasms of youth withan achingly beautiful melancholy comparable to the work ofAlain-Fournier and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He writes of youngdreams from the perspective of adult resignation, but reinhabitsyouthful ambition and adventure so fully that the laterperspective is the one thrown into doubt-and with languageas fresh as when it was written a century ago. His last longstory, written and set during World War II, is a remarkableevocation of the Netherlands in wartime and a hymn to ourcapacity to take refuge in memory and imagination.This is great literature-capturing the Dutch landscape andscenes of Amsterdam with a remarkable poetry, and expressingthe spirit of the country of businessmen and van Gogh,merchants and visionaries. This first translation of Nescio intoEnglish-all the major works and a broad selection of hisshorter stories-is a literary event.
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BarbaraBB
Amsterdam Stories | Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
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“I stood in the back of the tram, all the way in the back. It drove through the country and stopped and started again, it took hours, the countryside was endless. And the sky got bluer and bluer and the sun shone until it seemed like flowers would have to start sprouting out of the country bumpkins. But I got colder and colder. And the tram ran as long as the sun shone. It's a long ride and the days are short in #December.”

#winterwonderland

TrishB Clever 👍🏻 and the front cover of that book is awesome. 14mo
bookcollecter Is this about Holland? Or where I live here in Amsterdam, NY? 14mo
Cathythoughts Nice one ♥️👍🏻 14mo
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BarbaraBB @bookcollecter Holland. It‘s an oldie by a Dutch author, now newly introduced by O‘Neill. 14mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @TrishB thank you girls 💕 14mo
JennyM This is lovely - country bumpkins is something my mum always says. ❣️ 14mo
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Amsterdam Stories | Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
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A little travel pre-reading #LitsyAtoZ #LetterN

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