What is essential DUTCH literature?
-The Collected Works of Nescio: fantastic read and worth the try because all of it doesn't amount to much more than a novella
-The Discovery of Heaven by Mulisch: the closest thing the Netherlands has to a literary epic. It's scope is grand, it can be funny, exciting, original and it contains my favorite literary friendship. Do keep in mind though that the author can come off as a bit of a narcistist.
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Also, OP is right. The Discovery of Heaven is amazing on every single level. But it probably gets better if you've read some of his other works (assuming they even exist in English) before starting ADOH because of the occasional self-reference.
There's two main things you need to know before reading it
>Max's past with the war is very much based on Mulisch' own life
>The friendship between Onno and Max is based on an actual friendship that the writer had with a famous chess player
I read it before I really got in to literature (17yo) so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
It's a short book in which nothing much happens and the main character is trying to deal with his homosexuality. Commonly regarded as a dutch classic but when I read it it felt like that was for large part to do with it having a taboo theme (homosexuality).
I'll probably read it again though because it's not that long and I feel like I missed a lot the first time.
Cees Nooteboom enjoys international prestige, Hella Haasse as well.
Thanks so much for this. I've been pretty much reading literature in english only, and I've been noticing that my Dutch is stagnating as a result.
One of the few charts I was missing in my folder.
Also, are most of these books filled with sex as most Dutch writers tend to do? Because I really dislike shit like Wolkers.
Really want to read Herfstij der Middeleeuwen by Huizinga one day.