So I set myself the challenge of reading 6 translated Dutch works before the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, where the Netherlands were Guest of Honour.  Hmmm. Self-imposed deadlines are made to be broken.  The main thing is that I have now finished the reading project, and at least I’m on time for the European Literature Network ‘s Dutch Month. The books I read and reviewed were:

The Decision – Britta Böhler

Dear Mr M – Herman Koch

3 The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories (Favourite Story)

The Boy – Wytske Versteeg

The Evenings – Gerard Reve

Craving – Esther Gerritsen

I recommend them all.  Yes, even the Evenings, which, although not to my personal taste, is an undisputed masterpiece of Dutch Literature.

The thing is, as with all reading projects, the possibilities multiply, and I have discovered a sizeable stash of translated Dutch and Flemish Literature in the TBR. So I’m just going to keep going …..

Did you read any Dutch literature recently?

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