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A Reading List for the 2016 Frankfurt Guest of Honor

By Susan Harris

Next week’s Frankfurt Book Fair will celebrate the Netherlands and Flanders as the Guest of Honor. The theme of the festivities, “This Is What We Share,” reflects not only the common language, but the consistent depth and richness of literature in Dutch. We’re happy to point you to the wealth of offerings from the two regions in our archives.

European Union Prize for Literature winner Peter Terrin’s telephone solicitor calls up trouble in “For an Easy Life.”

Prolific Flemish writer Anneliese Verbeke’s hirsute young woman deals with a grooming challenge in “The Bearded Lady.” 

Short-story writer, novelist and playwright Esther Gerritsen’s fractured family snipes at and about each other in “Craving.”

Novelist and journalist Maartje Wortel’s cancer patient swears by illness in “Canoes.”

Modern classic Mensje van Keulen’s angry husband storms out of the house and into a nightmare in “Sand.” 

Yves Petry’s meticulous sadist performs the ultimate dominant act in an excerpt from his Libris Prize-winning novel, “The Virgin Marino.” 

Writer and actor Ronald Giphart's quick-witted chef halts a protest against foie gras by deploying something not on the menu in “Comfort.”

Poet Nachoem Wijnberg eavesdrops on his Chinese counterparts in “On Tao Qian.”

Graphic novelist Marc Legendre observes a layabout marooned in futility in “Waiting for an Island.” 

And if you’re in Frankfurt, stop by Hall 5.0, on the Lowlands Stage, on Thursday at 10:00 for WWB’s Susan Harris in conversation with translator Michele Hutchison and Annelies Verbeke.

Published Oct 14, 2016   Copyright 2016 Susan Harris

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