They may not paint a cheerful picture of man and the world, but the books of Willem Frederik Hermans are worth re-reading, says writer Henk Pröpper.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Erwin Mortier. We translated his poem 'Letter Twenty-Eight' from the volume 'Uit één vinger valt men niet' (De Bezige Bij, 2005).
This week's Friday Verses are written by Tsead Bruinja, the new Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. We translated his poem 'Burning House' from the volume 'De geboorte van het zwarte paard' (Cossee, 2008).
This week's Friday Verses are written by Tjitske Jansen. We translated her poem 'The Snow Queen' from her debut 'Het moest maar eens gaan sneeuwen' (Podium, 2003).
Despite the English conquest of the northeast coast of North America in 1664, the Dutch language continued to thrive in New York and northern New Jersey for generations, persisting into the twentieth century in certain areas.