Book Review: Little Caesarion

Tommy Wieringa is one of the leading lights of modern Dutch literature and several of his novels have been translated into English. In Little Caesar, first published in 2009, he takes his central character on an odyssey in search of answers about his dysfunctional family and the legacy it left behind. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl … [Read more…]

A modern Dutch classic: The Dinner

A classic of modern Dutch literature, and a best seller at both home and in the US, The Dinner by Herman Koch explores what families will do to protect their own. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 22, 2019.

Book Review: A Brief Life of the City

Though it claims it’s a ‘brief’ history of Amsterdam, this Geert Mak classic takes 400 pages to cover the history of the city from the year 1,000 to the present. And every page is worth reading. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 15, 2019.

What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

It’s komkommertijd here in the Netherlands, but rather than making up Dutch cultural traditions, we’re encouraging tourists to see more of Amsterdam. Yes, journalist Jelmer Visser, fed up with the constant expansion that the city of Amsterdam seems to grant itself, created a tourist map of the Netherlands — from the perspective of the Amsterdam tourism board. You think it’s … [Read more…]