Who do you think are the best Dutch writers of all time?

For 1800 is difficult.Vondel is a true baroque writer, but he still reads it. Also not available in modern retaling. Less productive but much better is of course Bredero.His work should be re-translated.

The second that immediately pops up is Multatuli.How is it possible that he has just written such a complex novel as the Max Havelaar, and then his ideas with the jewel Woutertje Pietersen. If you read them now, they might be slow, but what a mastery.

For the last 120 years there are a lot of candidates, but who really jumps out?There is a series of writers. Many are not read at all. Much I never really read.

The best short story I have ever Read is Hotel Bonheur, by Anna Blaman.I have read it four times. This sticks out with head and shoulders above what I have ever read. ‘Tours… Ville élégante et gaie ‘

Bredero Bredero Prunllen (in the Spanischen Brabander)-vlog/Literature History


Anna Blaman Anna Blaman-the last word

When I was still in high school, I read the darkroom of Damocles[1 by W.F. Hermans. [2 This book is about the Second World War and talks about the story of a resistance fighter.But not everything seems like it is. Previously I have also read the house[3 , also a war story.

I found both books well and my teacher Dutch advised me to read books by Leon de Winter.Since then I have become a loyal reader of him. I don’t find everything right, but many books of him I find good.

Leon de Winter [4

So for me, the best Dutch post-war writers are W.F. Hermans and Leon de Winter.

Thank you for asking me this question, Dahlia Sherif (Dahlia Sherif).


[1 The darkroom of Damokles-Wikipedia

[2 Willem Frederik Hermans-Wikipedia

[3 The preserved house (Novelle)-Wikipedia

[4 Leon de Winter-Wikipedia

Well, it’s always subjective but I go for Multatuli, Couperus, Vestdijk, Slauerhoff, Reve, Hermans and Mulisch.

If we can count the Flemings, I add Elschot and Claus.

Addition: Perhaps AFT van der Heijden and Arnon Grünberg also belong to it, but somehow I still have too little distance to determine whether they really belong to the eternal Eredivisie.

Is it allowed to vote for a non-fiction author?

Frans de Waal-Wikipedia

If you’ve ever read the elements , you can’t deny that it’s Harry Mulisch.

This is really top literature, this is such a special and profound novelle.

It lies on a line in quality with the greatest in the world such as Hemingway, Roth, Kafka and Orwell.

Firstly, the writing style is special.It is written in the second person; You have to imagine that you are the protagonist. He addresses the protagonist as “you”.

Secondly, the book is so deep, so metaphorically.The first time I read it, I don’t snate the meaning. Once I looked up some of this, my fantasies went loose with my own theory and interpretation.

For those who have read the elements; my theories.Watch out, this includes spoilers for those who haven’t read it.

“Regina” Her name literally means “Queen”.One of the famous name bearers of this name was Regina von Siebold, a German obstetrician, to whom a crater S was forked on the planet Venus.Venus was also a Roman goddess, whose equivalent in Greek mythology (where the novella was inspired by) was Aphrodite. Aphrodite/Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, sexuality and fertility, just like Regina’s character that is of an attractive and younger wife of the protagonist.And because they are married, there has also been love.

But Regina also takes care of his death.And here the reference of Regina via Venus to Aphrodite comes back again. I mean, is it not accidental, that where a character on the boat already states that Crete is the gate to death, Aphrodite according to the myths comes from Kythira, an island just south of Attica that forms the gateway from Attica/European mainland to Crete? And then this Regina thus takes care of the death of the main peroon?

This is at least my interpretation, and that’s the beautiful; The book is multi-interpretable and written in a special way from the second person, and in addition I see the IS for me, in short pure literature.

My list: Belcampo, Bob den Uyl, Couperus, Erasmus, Gerard van het Reve, Wim Gijsen, Vondel (Lucifer), Jan Luyken (Duytsche Lier), Frederik van Eeden (The Little Johannes), Godfried Bomans (Erik or the small insect book), Roemer Visscher (Nederlandsche Gedenck-sound), Tollens (wintering on Nova Zembla), Hildebrand (Camera Obscura, De Moerbei toppen Ruischten), Willem Kloos, Herman Gorter, Bordewijk, Slauerhoff, Willem Bilderdijk (the demise of the first Waerelt), Jacobus Craandijck, Jacob van Lennep (Ferdinand Huyck), Bontekoe (ship’s journal), Leonard Roggeveen (Bram Vingerling).

The best still living Author: Jacques Hamelink (The Enchanted bridal night, the vegetable reign, Ranonkel).

Flemings: Stijn Streuvels (The Harvest), Johan Daisne, Hugo Raes (travelers in the Anti-time), Maeterlinck (Legend of the Blue Bird).In parentheses, there is usually one book that makes the writer a greatness in my opinion.

Frederik van Eeden -Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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