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Hella S. Haasse and the Historical Novel or: The Triumph of Fact over Fiction
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Hella S. Haasse and the Historical Novel or: The Triumph of Fact over Fiction

(Jane Fenoulhet) The Low Countries - 1996, № 4, pp. 110-120

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In her career as a historical novelist, Hella S. Haasse (1918-) undertook a journey to find new ways of bringing the past to life. In Haasse's later work there is a growing awareness of the tension between historical fact and the need to construct a story, which parallels a similar development in historiography itself. Reconstructing the past is no longer a simple matter. (with an translated extract from ‘Gentlemen of Tea' by Hella S. Haasse)

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