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David Colmer
David Colmer is an Australian translator of Dutch literature, mainly novels, poetry and children's books. He has won numerous prizes, including the 2009 NSW Premier's Translation Prize and PEN Medallion for his body of work, and the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Award (with author Gerbrand Bakker) for THE TWIN. show more
David Colmer is an Australian translator of Dutch literature, mainly novels, poetry and children's books. He has won numerous prizes, including the 2009 NSW Premier's Translation Prize and PEN Medallion for his body of work, and the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Award (with author Gerbrand Bakker) for THE TWIN.
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Merle
Merle rated it 2 years ago
Based on the protagonist’s sharing the author’s full name, and the little information about Verhulst available in English, this short, episodic novel appears to be autobiographical. Somewhat more than half of it focuses on Dimitri’s boyhood, surrounded by the raging drunks that are his father and th...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it 2 years ago
We are unhappy because we think that love is something we require from someone else. Our salvation depends on a simple gesture that is nonetheless the most difficult act we can perform: We must give away the thing we most long for. Not to receive but to give. There was a moment of hesitation when...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 3 years ago
I didn't know there was an English translation of this book until I just came across it. The original title is Een Schitterend Gebrek. It was one of the books I read for Dutch literature, a while ago, and I remember there were a lot of people who liked it, but I didn't really. In Lucia's Eyes tell...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 5 years ago
bookshelves: impac-longlist, published-2010, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, britain-wales, dutch, autumn-2013, translation, bucolic-or-pastoral, lit-richer, ouch, medical-eew, lifestyles-deathstyles, dog-steals-the-show, plague-disease Read on November 19, 2013 aka Ten White GeeseDescription: A D...
proustitute
proustitute rated it 6 years ago
As my review of this is forthcoming in Music and Literature Magazine, I'll simply say: listening to Richard Skelton's new album, Verse of Birds, while reading this was the perfect fit to these prose poems and images.
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