High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

How an American Became a Dutch Author
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How an American Became a Dutch Author

(Ethel Portnoy) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 98-102

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When transsexuals claim they were born in the wrong body, Portnoy can understand how they feel. Growing up in the USA, she felt that she had been born in the wrong place. She had known since childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and since adolescence that Europe was where she rightfully belonged. Everything that interested her seemed to have originated there. Although her parents had come from Europe to the United States, she felt that she must migrate in the opposite direction. That decision turned out to be the luckiest one she ever made. This is the account of an author who exists almost only in translation.

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