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“A sparkling book, filled with wonder”

I’m so pleased that I was given the opportunity to translate Cees Nooteboom’s Letters to Poseidon, which MacLehose Press have just published in this beautiful edition, with a foreword by Alberto Manguel. I always enjoy following Nooteboom on his travels, and this book, featuring musings and letters addressed to the god Poseidon, is an absolute [...]
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Two reasons for celebration

Reason 1: An exhibition One of my favourite areas in the departure lounge at Schiphol Airport is the fabulous little airport library, which has all kinds of interesting books about the Netherlands and translated Dutch fiction in thirty languages. It’s a great spot to linger when your flight’s delayed. It’s even been featured in the New [...]
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Sidewalks

I recently received a package in the post from Granta, with Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd and Sidewalks, translated by Christina MacSweeney. Cees Nooteboom wrote an introduction to Sidewalks, which I translated. Sidewalks is a beautiful little book, which I’ve now read in the original and in the Dutch and English translations, and it [...]
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New books and Nooteboom

I’ve just returned from a trip to the UK, which mainly involved catching up with people and stocking up on books for the winter. The first port of call was FantasyCon in Brighton, where highlights included the Spectral Press launch of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine. The dealers’ room always offers [...]
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Discovering Cees Nooteboom’s Berlin – Part 2

I’ve written another piece for the MacLehose Press blog – about Berlin and International Translation Day: I have left my hometown of Amsterdam to come to Berlin for a few weeks to work on my translation of Cees Nooteboom’s book Berlijn, his account of his time spent in Germany from the years before the fall of [...]
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Discovering Cees Nooteboom’s Berlin

I’ve written a piece for the MacLehose Press blog about my stay in Berlin and following in Cees Nooteboom’s footsteps: “Conquering a city. Just like a real war, it begins with topographic maps, reconnaissance. Friends provide covert intelligence. The house serves as the base of operations, and always offers the option of strategic retreat. The lines [...]
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What I Did Last Summer

Well, it’s the beginning of September and I have that back-to-school feeling. New pencil case! And books! Hoorah! That said, I’ve been rather busy with school this summer too… I took part in a fascinating weekend workshop for literary translators in Leuven, sponsored by the Expertisecentrum Literair Vertalen. It was aimed at literary translators from [...]
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Amsterdam-Brasilia-Chandigarh

A lovely evening at Architectura & Natura bookshop on Leliegracht in Amsterdam for the launch of Iwan Baan’s photography book Brasilia-Chandigarh: Living with Modernity, published by Lars Müller. I translated “Ex Nihilo: A Tale of Two Cities”, a beautiful and thought-provoking essay by Cees Nooteboom for the book, and it was wonderful to hear him [...]
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