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I, Claudius

May 19th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, geschiedenis | Comments Off on I, Claudius

I, Claudius

Weer een moderne klassieker die ik kan aanvinken. Dit prachtig uitgegeven boek — door de Folio Society — kocht ik onlangs op de zondagse boekenmarkt te Gent. Ik ben er in beginnen lezen en het heeft me niet los gelaten. Een prachtig geschreven historische roman over de periode van de Romeinse keizers. Robert Graves laat […]

Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann

May 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in English texts, geschiedenis | Comments Off on Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann

Hannah Arendt on Adolf Eichmann

Very recently I came upon a German book on the correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Joachim Fest regarding the Eichmann controversy. I had read Eichmann in Jerusalem, A report on the banality of evil in 2002. The book impressed me a lot, but I was not aware of the fierce controversy it provoked at publication […]

Marco Daane achter Orwell aan

March 28th, 2011  |  by  |  published in biografie | Comments Off on Marco Daane achter Orwell aan

Marco Daane achter Orwell aan

Marco Daane heeft een heel leuk boek geschreven, weliswaar voornamelijk voor de Orwell-liefhebber. Ik hoorde een interview met hem op Klara en heb het boek onmiddellijk besteld. Daane beweert dat zijn boek een heel eigen invalshoek heeft en inderdaad, ik was nog nooit een reisgids gebaseerd op het leven van Orwell tegengekomen. Reisgids is wat […]

Elizabeth Bishop, a life of losing

March 24th, 2011  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts, poëzie | Comments Off on Elizabeth Bishop, a life of losing

Elizabeth Bishop, a life of losing

I didn’t read this biography because of the poem One Art. Not exclusively. But the extraordinary power of this poem certainly was a stimulus. One asks oneself: whom did she lose to write such a poem? In what circumstances? Why? That is, of course, how the biographical curiosity starts. And indeed, Elizabeth Bishop’s was a […]

Galeano, el cuentacuentos

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in geschiedenis, Spaanse literatuur, textos en castellano | Comments Off on Galeano, el cuentacuentos

Acabo de leer el último libro de Eduardo Galeano, Espejos. Galeano cumple setenta años en 2010 y ese periodista uruguayo se he confirmado como conciencia de Suramérica y de todo el mundo. Su libro Las venas abiertas de América Latina se ha convertido en el símbolo de la explotación de Sudamérica. En la trilogía Memoria […]

Retrato de la familia de Pablo Neruda

September 19th, 2010  |  by  |  published in biografie, textos en castellano | Comments Off on Retrato de la familia de Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda Retrato de familia, 1904–1920 Bernardo Reyes Compré este libro en Santiago de Chile, en la tienda de La Chascona, una de las casas de Neruda. Bernardo Reyes tiene un vínculo familial con Neruda. Su abuelo paterno era Rodolfo Reyes, el hermano mayor de Neruda. Como escribe Volodia Teitelboim en la introducción: “Este es […]

Seven myths of the Spanish Conquest, Matthew Restall

August 31st, 2010  |  by  |  published in English texts, geschiedenis, Zuid-Amerika | Comments Off on Seven myths of the Spanish Conquest, Matthew Restall

Seven myths of the Spanish Conquest Matthew Restall Professor Restall has made an extraordinary study in this book. With a lot of common sense and based on thorough study of the basic documents he has unplugged several persistent preconceptions. One of the biggest myths was the idea that only a handful of Spanish soldiers conquered […]

Isaiah Berlin, Flourishing

August 5th, 2010  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts, FILOSOFIE | Comments Off on Isaiah Berlin, Flourishing

I just read Flourishing, the first part of Isaiah Berlin’s letters. The first impression that springs to mind is the banter, the spirit, the cascade of words. An example of his unique style can be found in a letter to Elizabeth Bowen, 2 January [1934] Dear Elizabeth Thank you very much indeed for your letter: […]

Orwell in letters

June 4th, 2010  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts | Comments Off on Orwell in letters

I have been reading a selection of Orwell’s letters. This is like reading a short version of his biography and indeed, it might be a good idea to read both the letters and a good biography at the same time. And one should add his diaries as they are now being published day by day […]



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