Tsum | Review: Marnix Gijsen – Urgent access to required and assembled work

Literary background music for collage

“Yeah, I’m still busy,” said Marnix Jessen, 78. free people [22 oktober 1977]† “This year I mainly wrote short novels, stories of about ten pages.” It can be assumed that some of these works ended up on the short path in the brochure [in 1978] With a circulation of 350,000 copies, it was distributed as a Boekenweekgift to bookstores in Holland and Flanders. Only the title story, “Overcoming Urgently Needed”, is certainly an older story (1973).

It is unusual, even inappropriate, to look at a gift horse in the mouth, but fairness compels me to note that the Seven Stories by Gijsen Access is urgently required It was not easy for me. The term “short novels” used by the author himself is certainly inapplicable, and even self-deprecating “stories” still say a lot.

In short, the stories go on at a sleep-inducing pace and painstakingly reach a punctuation line, which, since the subject is always rather thin and serves only as a springboard for some different problem, is never surprising, and never makes the reader think, yes, so It is, or not, the author is wrong here.

These last stories by Marnix Gijsen are a kind of literary background music that goes in one ear and out the other, according to a fixed formula. Thus, the shopkeeper who sells strawberries very expensively is punished with the death of the whole family, and the sailors who indulge in the “sad universal pleasure” in the port city drown in the “sad universal pleasure” offered by local prostitutes. they.

The refreshing irony that characterized Gijsen’s earlier works has completely disappeared and is replaced by the weariness that can be explained by the author’s age, but which, in my opinion, is just a bit coquettish.

How good were Gijsen’s previous novels and novels, it’s easy to determine now that Boekenweekgift has been published Access is urgently required To some extent with the first and second part of Teamwork, which will include a total of six volumes, each of a thousand sheets printed, and if the delay in Volume 2 does not indicate an overly optimistic planning on the part of the publisher, it will be completed by the end of this year. One might ask what is the point of such Teamwork: Almost all of Gijsen’s books are on the market in paperback edition. Parts 1 and 2 contain only “Three Portraits of Lydian” from work that had not previously been published in book form. Parts 5 and 6 will only contain previously uncollected reflections and criticisms on literature and art.

Making work distributed by Marnix Gijsen available again cannot be the main goal of my publishers Teamwork, who accomplished their task in a perfect way: the books are beautifully bound and the graphic design is excellent; It is a pity that a slightly yellowed type of paper was used.

In a long preface printed in Volume 1, editor TeamworkMark Galley, Marnix Jessen Reader. He quotes, among other things, from a few letters young Jessen wrote in the 1920s: “I think literature is often literary arrogance,” and “I have now decided not to engage in literature.”

These quotes and Gijsen’s statement in the above interview that he is (or was) in correspondence with a number of writers and that he is a ‘very good reporter’, make me eagerly await the full version of Marnix Gijsen’s letters, which contain value, may prove indispensable You can complete it Teamwork As it appears now.

Publishers who have included this solemn object in their fund, with the support of the Belgian Ministry of Dutch Culture, must attach the result of the publication of the letters in book form.

Frank Van Del

Marnix Jason – Teamwork† Mullenhof Holland, Nij and Van Ditmar.
Marnix Jason – Access is urgently required† CPNB.

This review was previously printed at free people April 15, 1978.

Marnix Gijsen (ps. van Jan-Albert, since 1975, baron Goris) (1899-1984).

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