These are the book reviews for this week

What type of event is “event” about?

Peter Teren (1968) is a Flemish writer, but from the start (his first appearance, De code, since 1998) it seems to me that he has more writing genes for Dutch writers like W.F. Hermans than his compatriot Hugo Klaus. Every baroque tendency and penchant for stylistic curls is alien to him: his stories are fascinating, albeit at times somewhat surreal. His style is toothy and bare. The title of his last novel, “The Event”, is unique, and at the same time ordinary and mysterious. In the book he solves nothing by himself – and makes the reader the main character; A wonderful and devastating experience. Read the full review here.

Like Forrest Gump in Mexico: A Schlemiel on a Sacred Mission

In his second novel, Purification, Luc Emhan (1986) merges a turbulent period in Mexican history with the life history of an ambitious street boy searching for his father. In Mexico, the land of artists and freedom fighters, Paco Castellan was pulled from his mother with forceps after 45 hours of work. Not a good start for Paco, but for a novel about a boy determined to become the greatest Mexican who ever lived, this is a meaningful maneuver—it’s an instant tragic antihero. Read the full review here.

Islands vs. Empire: How Chagos Are Fighting British Arrogance

Another colony. Crimes against humanity in the Indian Ocean The British-French writer Philip Sands Describes how the “cutting” was done prior to Mauritius’ independence in 1968. Chagos was raised from the estate to be transferred. The population was removed in three stages. The word “repatriated” can be used without hesitation. o This happened in the sixties of the last century. Although the British Empire in the past shrank rapidly due to decolonization, the administrative arrogance associated with the Empire disappeared less quickly. Read the full review here.

Thanks to Albertine Agnes (and almost a biblical storm) Friesland was preserved

Historian Sunny Jansen has welcomed another heroine to Dutch history with the song “The Woman Who Saved Friesland” – it seems the time has come. No, Albertine Agnes was certainly not a kind and polite girl, but an arrogant lady who was once a widow, who at that time was fully involved in exclusively “male” matters such as war, politics, and government in times of great crisis. Read the full review here.

Albertine Agnes van Oranje-Nassau circa 1665. Image Historical Society Oranje-Nassau

Albertine Agnes van Orangey – Nassau circa 1665.Statue of the Orange-Nassau Historical Society

Zombies, Sci-Fi, and Literature: Yes, They Can Go Together

Do you like zombie books? This futuristic story from the famous American author Colson Whitehead About those bloodthirsty monsters. They are plague-stricken people who die and then rise again in great numbers to eat the rest of the uninfected part of the world’s population. Do not immediately think: nothing to me. With his humorous and engaging District 1 narrative style, now finally featured in Dutch translation, Whitehead (better known as The Underground Railroad, among others) captivates non-zombie aficionados. Read the full review here.

Colson Whitehead.  Image Getty Images

Colson Whitehead.Image Getty Images

Pre-teen Mickey discovers that she is free to be whoever she wants

Everything changes, people change. I feel like I’m on the verge of solving a problem, but I’m not entirely sure of the answer. This is how Mickey (about 13 years old) sums up her pre-pubescent looking life, in one of the many beautiful sentences of sympathy. ‘Mermaid’. Of course, change is mainly about herself: Mickey discovers that she is free to be who she wants and takes her first steps toward adulthood. author Joey Schmitz She emphatically mentions the development of her novel’s heroine, but she writes so captivating, smooth, and warm that you still want to hang out with her. Read the full review here.

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There is no real fish

the painter couple Ingrid and Dieter Schubert He has classic and widely read works with titles such as Woeste Willem, Platvoetje and most recently De Paraplu. Their greatest talent: drawing atmospheric groups and animals. And that’s exactly what they do in this underwater picture book. They cleverly draw seahorses between streaks of light coiling in the water. Read the full review here.

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